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You may call me fake,

but with great power I make,

and I keep you awake.

From a Stack Exchange site, my name I use.

Be careful with your commands, don't abuse!

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ I feel like the existing answers aren't accounting for the italics in make. Personally, my mind jumped to GNU make, but I'm having trouble going anywhere with it $\endgroup$ – user70585 May 2 '18 at 21:47
  • $\begingroup$ Only thing I can think of is Worldbuilding but I can't figure out how that keeps you awake. $\endgroup$ – MikeTheLiar May 2 '18 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ I've added a clue to hopefully narrow down the riddle from the answers given below. I've put in my vote for reopening. $\endgroup$ – qwr May 5 '18 at 23:13

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Are you:

Sudo?

You may call me fake:

Sudo sounds the same as pseudo

but with great power I make:

e.g. sudo make install, making with superuser privileges.

and I keep you awake:

As root, you can disable the screen lock/saver and power down, keeping the computer awake.

From a Stack Exchange site, my name I use:

Superuser

Be careful with your commands, don't abuse!

Don't use sudo to force things a regular user shouldn't have permissions for.

And the title "As stack exchange does":

A bit of a stretch, maybe as people do on stack overflow when they copy code they don't understand and execute it.

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    $\begingroup$ looks like someone else had the same idea as me $\endgroup$ – gl_prout May 7 '18 at 13:33
  • $\begingroup$ @gl_prout looks like yours is closer though :) $\endgroup$ – anything May 8 '18 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ you found out about the clues tho $\endgroup$ – gl_prout May 9 '18 at 6:31
  • $\begingroup$ You got all of the clues except awake (hint: related to first line). Also the title is just a copy of the stack exchange reference which you got. $\endgroup$ – qwr May 10 '18 at 19:17
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I want to say this is:

Reputation points.

You may call me fake

People call it Meaningless/Fake Internet Points.

but with great power I make

Higher reputation gives you higher privileges, i.e. more power in a site.

and I keep you awake

Higher rep also means you are/were a regular contributor to a site and that's one way to be kept awake(?)

TITLE:

Stack Exchange awards us reputation.

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  • $\begingroup$ @noedne predicted this, but incorrect. When I say make, this answer doesn't make anything. Also keeping awake is a stretch. $\endgroup$ – qwr May 2 '18 at 5:53
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My guess is

News

You may call me fake

By now, the term 'fake news' is pretty common.

but with great power I make

News has great power over people, influencing society in many ways.
News is also made by people with great power, and can make positions of great power i.e. Donald Trump's presidential campaign was made partially by the news media.

and I keep you awake

News has become intrusive in our lives, with current events being a click away

Title

Not too sure about this, but my guess is that this has something to do with Stack Exchange making the news.

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry nope. I mean make and awake more literally. And the title doesn't fit. $\endgroup$ – qwr May 2 '18 at 15:46
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I am:

Bitcoin

You may call me fake,

Many people consider Bitcoin to be a fake currency.

but with great power I make,

It takes a lot of power to mine Bitcoin.

and I keep you awake.

The volatility of Bitcoin is certainly enough to "keep you up at night".

Title: As Stack Exchange does:

Well, there's this: https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/

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I'm going to say

an orgasm

It may be referred to as fake...can you really tell? :)

With great power I make and I keep you awake.... Well we would hope this is true. You certainly wouldn't want to be asleep at the time...

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    $\begingroup$ does StackExchange offer a "premium" service now? $\endgroup$ – L_Church May 2 '18 at 12:21
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    $\begingroup$ @L_Church Well, there's this failed beta. $\endgroup$ – Laurel May 2 '18 at 18:37
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    $\begingroup$ Should have been upgraded to a master beta... $\endgroup$ – Kit-Ginevra May 2 '18 at 23:24
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Possibility #1:

Email

You may call me fake,

Fake email, which is not authentic

but with great power I make,

it can be used as a formal communication

and I keep you awake.

by waiting for them, reading and writing them

Title:

user needs to have one

Possibility #2:

Community

You may call me fake,

Could be considered fake, since it is online, and users don't really need each other

but with great power I make,

well, moderators have power, and highly involved members can even put that in their CVs.

and I keep you awake.

by being involved in questions, answers and chat.

Title:

Stack Exchange is all about community!

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Are you

AI/Artificial intelligence

You may call me fake,

It is "Artificial"

but with great power I make,

It learns things on its own and can make things on its own.

and I keep you awake.

It is pretty scary to think robots might rule the world someday... and it might keep you up.

Also,

AI site

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Are you

Money?

"You may call me fake"

Money doesn't have any real value

"But with great power I make"

Money drives people to produce

"I keep you awake"

Money can cause sleepless nights.

And the site.

https://money.stackexchange.com/

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I'm going to try this

User

You may call me fake

Fake user accounts on the internet

But with great power I make

su

And I keep you awake

I have no clue in which way though

From a Stack Exchange site, my name I use

superuser ?

Be careful with your commands, don't abuse

Beware the # rm -rf /*

Awaiting feedback

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    $\begingroup$ You are very close... you just need to get fake and awake $\endgroup$ – qwr May 7 '18 at 16:38
  • $\begingroup$ if I got close enough, I guess it's okay for me, it's the first time I can kinda answer a puzzle here :) $\endgroup$ – gl_prout May 8 '18 at 6:49
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Are you

Love

"You may call me fake"

Love is often questioned

"But with great power I make"

Babies, say no more...

"I keep you awake"

Thinking about someone, or yet again, babies, say no more...

The Title:

Stack exchange loving all its users seems a bit corny, this bit doesn't fit so well

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Are you:

Coffee?

As stack exchange does

Programmers have a stereotype of drinking a lot of coffee, and SE has many users who are programmers.

You may call me fake,

A lot of people think coffee doesn't really affect them and is more of a placebo

but with great power I make,

But you can make a very potent pot of coffee

and I keep you awake.

And it will keep you awake if you drink it

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  • $\begingroup$ Clever but I don't think anyone calls your answer fake. $\endgroup$ – qwr May 2 '18 at 20:55
  • $\begingroup$ There are several types of "fake coffee" $\endgroup$ – Bálint Budavölgyi May 7 '18 at 11:49
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Are you...

light?

You may call me fake,

Some light is artificial (i.e. light bulbs).

but with great power I make,

We generate a lot of electricity to produce light.

and I keep you awake.

Light keeps us awake at night, when we should be sleeping.

As Stack Exchange does

It enlightens us by answering our questions.

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I'll take a crack at this. I think you are

Software Engineering

You may call me fake,

It does not produce tangible goods, and so many consider it not-real, which is a synonym for "fake"

but with great power I make,

It is used to make software, and the tool to convert code into executable applications is often make, and the compilation process can involve a significant amount of computing power.

and I keep you awake.

Coders are notorious for being night owls. Also, the symbol for the Stack Exchange site for Software Engineering is a coffee cup

From a Stack Exchange site, my name I use.

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/

Be careful with your commands, don't abuse!

Bugs in code can be very dangerous, and code is about telling a computer what to do (a command)

As Stack Exchange Does

Stack Exchange is a major destination for programmers, but also produces its own API and Open Source code, making Software Engineering a thing that Stack Exchange does both as an entity and as a community.

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