First, hide the text, come on, no spoilers here;

Second, bash at it, you have nothing to fear;

Third, pair up and basic pigpen, flagging every time;

Fourth, use the force, wait, no, rather a rhyme?

Fifth, flip from left to right, come on, you're almost done;

Sixth, where is number six, is it a free one?

Last, come on, you're almost there, have chemistry with me;

Finally, the answer is lflflflfljffljljljlflffflfljljljljmflflflfljljffljlflflflfmflfljljljljfflflfljljljmfljljljlflfljljljljljmfljljljljljfflfljljljlj

Hint 1:

Bash at, at bash, that's a clue for five less three;
but you still have to clear them chronologically.

Hint 2:

okay, okay, a clue for number one,
partial answers in the comments when you're still not done;
furthermore, a clue for one plus two,
the pigpen shows the pattern of the flags for you

  • first thoughts ROT13: Lbh zragvba cvtcra fb V'z nffhzvat fbzr xvaq bs cvtcra pvcure? V nyfb abgvprq gung gur bayl 5 yrggref hfrq va gur "nafjre" ner W,V,Y,Z (juvpu ner neenatrq ba n djregl xrlobneq va n phefbe-yvxr funcr) naq S. Gurl erzvaq zr n ybg bs hc,qbja,yrsg,evtug naq sver xrlf lbh zvtug cynl n tnzr jvgu. Be, vg pbhyq or gb qb jvgu znexvat bhg gur funcr bs gur cvtcra pvcure? – Astralbee Dec 6 at 14:38

Partial:

First, hide the text, come on, no spoilers here;

The symbols used to create spoilers here are >!

Second, bash at it, you have nothing to fear;

In bash scripts, they often start with #!

Third, pair up and basic pigpen, flagging every time;

The symbols > and # look like they're in pigpen form, maybe the ! means to add the dots to them. Assuming # means all of the letters in the # format, this translates to: XJKLMNOPQR

Fourth, use the force, wait, no, rather a rhyme?

Thanks to @oryxandcake, this step involves using morse code (a rhyme of force).

Fifth, flip from left to right, come on, you're almost done;

Pretty self explanatory to just reverse the order of what you have.

Sixth, where is number six, is it a free one?

Not sure without getting this far, perhaps replacing a 6 with 31

Last, come on, you're almost there, have chemistry with me;

Maybe, if step 6 uses numbers, we'd have numbers now, and this clue means to get the chemical symbols with atomic numbers that we have and it will form a word.

  • Second should be #! not !#? Though it's not just bash, a lot of scripting languages (python, perl, etc.) make use of this construct – ace Dec 6 at 16:52
  • @ace you're right, I've only ever seen it used with bash, will edit it in – AHKieran Dec 7 at 8:34
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    For the fourth step... rot13(zbefr)? – oryxandcake Dec 7 at 11:04
  • @oryxandcake oooh yes – AHKieran Dec 7 at 14:48

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