You may find me fast:
My answer is transparent
to those restive few who went off
Their egregious oversight
Left to scan and screen

Hear my refrain
bound to draw the story out

Hint #1

Please stop trying to edit the title. It's one of the clues.

Hint #2

As @Mea Culpa Nay pointed out, there is a contradiction. So many contradictions, in fact, that it's almost moronic.

Hint #3

My last clue is a Herring. Does that make me two-faced?

  • There is a contradiction: Title says it is a riddle however, riddle tag was not applied. This looks fishy! :-) – Mea Culpa Nay Jun 14 at 13:47
  • I can't help but think... it almost sounds like haiku... but not quite. – El Guapo Sep 12 at 17:24
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    Still no correctly found answer to this, can you provide any more clues? – 5202456 Oct 8 at 14:29

Are you:

An X-Ray?

You may find me fast:

An x-ray examination is over in a flash

My answer is transparent

X-Rays see through things... but also old-fashioned hospital x-rays were put onto a transparency to view on an OHP.

Left to scan and screen

An x-ray could also be referred to as a scan or screening.

bound to draw the story out

The results of an x-ray could lead to a more lengthy hospital procedure.

The title "Original Riddle"

Not sure on this, but an x-ray transparency is also a form of photographic negative. Negatives are the "original".

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    Interesting answer. Definitely not on of the answers I thought I'd get. – Dedwards Jun 20 at 14:33

Attempt #2:

Word:

Lie

You may find me fast:

Example, the liar quickly finds a false answer to give in response to an inquiry.

My answer is transparent:

Bad lie, obvious lie, white lie (immediately known as a lie upon reception). Or more literally, a lie has no substance.

to those restive few who went off:

?

Their egregious oversight:

Either the liar made a mistake in telling the lie (by telling a bad lie or messed up a detail etc.), or the receiver missed that it was a lie.

Left to scan and screen:

The liar or receiver could be mulling over the lie and the details.

Hear my refrain:

Lies could be told to avoid or end a discussion.

bound to draw the story out:

When the lie is discovered, the whole situation blows up into something bigger than before.

Hint 1:

Maybe this isn't an original riddle?

Hint 2:

The contradictions could be deliberate acts of misinformation, sort of a form of a lie.

Hint 3:

[Red] Herring - "a misleading clue" (a small lie). Two-Faced: "deceitful or hypocritical."


Maybe this is silly, but I think the answer is:

Transparent

You may find me fast:
My answer is transparent

literally telling us the answer

to those restive few who went off
Their egregious oversight
Left to scan and screen

Kept reading instead of just taking the answer given in the first two lines

Hear my refrain bound to draw the story out

Again, "I wrote this to distract you"

  • This is beautiful. – jafe Oct 10 at 13:55
  • Ha! I knew someone would guess this. I love it, but it's not correct. – Dedwards Oct 10 at 20:23
  • :) well, I've now added a second attempt. – Dorrulf Oct 10 at 22:56

A bit of a long shot but I guess the answer is:

Words


You find me fast:

When you read a word it quickly disappears from your sight as you read another word, just as someone who says a word, you will only hear it briefly then it disappears.


My answer is transparent

The answer is right in front of you, the riddle is made up of words, but at first you cant see it (transparent) until you solve the it.


to those restive few who went off
Their egregious oversight

Not sure with this one:

For someone who does not have the patience to peruse the riddle and gives up will be really bad at solving the riddle. - Not sure how this fits in with the answer


Left to scan and screen

if you look at the computer screen you can see it contains lots of words.


Hear my refrain

As a noun refrain means a repeated line or sentences in a poem, sentences are made up from words.


bound to draw the story out

Words can be written, meaning they are bound to paper or any other medium on which they are written including a computer screen, they are used to tell stories.

  • Yep, it's a word, but a pretty specific one. :P – Dedwards Jun 14 at 20:55

Well, a possible answer could be

Light ray(s) / a beam of light / electro-magnetic radiation

As, You may find me fast:

Light is the fastest, in fact!

My answer is transparent

Light is one component which makes things transparent or not

to those restive few who went off

Not sure on this part

Their egregious oversight

Could be persons with myopia / hyper-metropia

Left to scan and screen

These two actions require light source and with a magnifying-glass for scanning

Hear my refrain

short/medium/FM waves and other variants(such as microwaves) of EM radiation can be used to ...

bound to draw the story out

scan / xerox / reproduce / boil in a oven (to get the extract of an edible item)... though bit stretched.

  • maybe the restive few could mean rot13(ersenpgvba bs yvtug)? – Karis Yuen Jun 14 at 13:58
  • Nope, sorry. Good guess though. – Dedwards Jun 14 at 20:55

My guess is:

A Riddle!

You may find me fast:

My answer is transparent

You can find the answer to a riddle pretty fast if you just happen to think in the right direction. The answer is also "transparent," i.e obvious (once you get to know the answer, at least :P )

to those restive few who went off

Their egregious oversight

Left to scan and screen

Some "restive" (which means people who're too restless, by the way) people may over think the answers. A true testament of Puzzling.Stackexchange.

Hear my refrain

bound to draw the story out

Riddles often use repetition etc, similar to poems and songs. They also try to complicate things and make an entire story out of a word.

Also...

This sorta explains why the poster was adamant about keeping the title as is, and the comment about it not being tagged as a riddle etc.

First thing that came to mind was

fata morgana

You may find me fast:

in the desert (or just very hot days) you see them a lot

My answer is transparent

Fata morgana's are not real or transparent

to those restive few who went off Their egregious oversight

When people see a fata morgana they think they are saved and found water and will try to get to it as fast as possible although they will never reach

Left to scan and screen

Referring to having to search for real water

Hear my refrain bound to draw the story out

In the end if you keep going after fata morgana's your end will come fast

Hints:

Original Riddle

I think hint 1 & 2 might go together as in a fata morgana is not the original thing that you are looking for it's a fake version of it that is not real which is a contradiction of the title.

My last clue is a Herring. Does that make me two-faced?

I was thinking again of two-faced as in it is not real but it looks real.

  • Very cool answer, but not the right one either. – Dedwards Oct 11 at 14:18

Perhaps it is:

The cover to a book or novel

You may find me fast

Book covers can help attract readers and are often the first part of a book spotted by customers/patrons.

My answer is transparent / to those restive few who went off / Their egregious oversight / Left to scan and screen

"You can't judge a book by its cover," so the saying goes. Those who do not take the time to investigate a book (particularly a novel) will continue to wander and search the shelves without knowing what's written on the pages within.

Hear my refrain / bound to draw the story out

A book is "bound" by the spine, which isn't exactly the cover, but it's connected. "Refrain" could refer to the title of the book.

Original Riddle

"Cover" can be juxtaposed with "original," which admittedly makes sense in the context of music more so than literature.

Apparently, a cover story is also a thing.

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