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So you're thinking of joining this site.
That's fantastic! Amateurs, experts,
(yup, puzzling 'experts', who'd've known?)
crossword buffs, sequence solvers, lovers
of language and enigmatic mathematics, all
and sundry are cordially welcome. Don't
be afraid, dive in! Unsolved riddles,
intriguing tags, and riveting mind-benders await.
Network novices, my advice is to check out chat,
take a quick tour, view the latest activity,
and visit meta if you require assistance.
Enough nattering, now. Enjoy your stay –
Qji xvcdgt bn lpgcxcv pi ndjg etgxa!

Hint:

The puzzle can be solved without deciphering the last line

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    $\begingroup$ I assume there's more to this than the decoding of the bottom? What exactly are we looking for? Even "enigmatic puzzles" have a way to know when you're done. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Feb 23 '18 at 14:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi removed the enigmatic tag. I guess this is just steganography. My fault for misunderstanding the meaning of the tag. $\endgroup$ – ferret Feb 23 '18 at 14:54
  • $\begingroup$ 7 words in the warning, 7 links in your riddle, is that a coincidence? $\endgroup$ – Flying_whale Feb 23 '18 at 15:03
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    $\begingroup$ @Flying_whale yes, the links are just links and unrelated to the puzzle. I originally tagged enigmatic which might have unintentionally sent people on a wild goose chase in the links -_- But it’s just steganography $\endgroup$ – ferret Feb 23 '18 at 15:04
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I believe the warning must be

It's addicting


Although I made some mistakes when I was originally looking for it, I nevertheless wound up with the correct answer.

However, the correct way to find the warning is simply to

take the most frequent non-space character for each line.

The clue that led me to the solution was

alliteration on a few of the lines.


Thanks to Έρικ Κωνσταντόπουλος for decoding the bold text. I think

the last letter was helpful in getting the warning.

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  • $\begingroup$ @frabjrew Maybe this isn't a surprise, but the reason the message wasn't clear with the program was because I made a mistake when writing it. $\endgroup$ – fakedad Feb 23 '18 at 23:15
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    $\begingroup$ lol. Well there are plenty of letter frequency checker websites out there, for future reference :D $\endgroup$ – ferret Feb 23 '18 at 23:49
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Don't know if this is the full answer, but the bold text says:

But ignore my warning at your peril!

...the question still remains though.

How did I find out?

I went to http://rot13.com/ and simply checked each possible ROT-N cipher until I got to ROT11, which is the cipher used by the warning.

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    $\begingroup$ Decoded correctly of course, but not the answer. $\endgroup$ – ferret Feb 23 '18 at 14:47

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