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Rules: I have one word which has several (2 or more) meanings. Each of the meanings is a teapot (first, second ...). You try to figure out the word with the conversation between the teapots

Hint 1:

First teapot: Humans are annoyed of my existence
Second teapot: Probably yeah, they are shocked even if they get a hint of my existence

Hint 2:

First teapot: Humans hate me. Do they hate you as well?
Second teapot: Eventually they hate me too, but it has always been complicated

Hint 3:

First teapot: I remind them of their mistakes
Second teapot: So you help them to rectify? I remind them of what they spoke

Hint 4:

First teapot: Yeah, I am useless if I don't show up
Second teapot: Totally agree.. But I am useless if I do

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  • $\begingroup$ Hope you all like it. $\endgroup$ – Vivek Parekh Sep 23 '18 at 8:47
  • $\begingroup$ Open to edits and suggestions for improvement $\endgroup$ – Vivek Parekh Sep 23 '18 at 8:48
  • $\begingroup$ Are you sure about the acrostic tag? $\endgroup$ – Shahriar Mahmud Sajid Sep 23 '18 at 9:02
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah.. Not sure if placed it correctly.. $\endgroup$ – Vivek Parekh Sep 23 '18 at 9:04
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    $\begingroup$ @KarisYuen we are trying to find one word with at least two different meanings: one meaning that matches the "first teapot" and the other that matches the "second teapot". For example, look at the first teapot riddle or the one before this (the latter being fan-made, actually). That way, you might get a better understanding of these so-called, "Teapot Riddles" :) $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Sep 24 '18 at 1:38
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I think the answer is

Bug

In particular

First teapot - bug, error in computer program or system
Second teapot - bug, a concealed miniature microphone

First teapot: Humans are annoyed of my existence

Computer bugs are a sign of something going wrong in a program.

Second teapot: Probably yeah, they are shocked even if they get a hint of my existence

Anybody would be shocked to find out they are being bugged.

First teapot: Humans hate me. Do they hate you as well?

I always hate when my code hits a bug, but they can be very serious.

Second teapot: Eventually they hate me too, but it has always been complicated

There is a complicated balance always at play between personal privacy and state security.

First teapot: I remind them of their mistakes

Computer bugs are the result of human error.

Second teapot: So you help them to rectify? I remind them of what they spoke

Surveillance bugs record conversations.

First teapot: Yeah, I am useless if I don't show up

Bugs are important to spot to make your code better.

Second teapot: Totally agree.. But I am useless if I do

If you find a surveillance bug, who knows what has been recorded.

Acrostic

The first letters of the second teapot's sentences spell PEST - a synonym for bug.

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    $\begingroup$ That is absolutely correct! :) $\endgroup$ – Vivek Parekh Sep 23 '18 at 18:15

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