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An appealing interlude...

Recent in youth, I earned some praise
On time has passed, those were the days
So now I'm idle
E're by myself
Seeking a saviour, on any shelf

Some say I'm hard, but that isn't true
Though I require, some work from you
Oodles of hints
No hint was small
Even the title, s'plained for y'all

What am I?

Hint

It's a puzzle about another puzzle.

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  • $\begingroup$ I've got an idea but I'm hung up on how "shelf" serves the riddle. Any possibility of a hint there? $\endgroup$
    – anodyne
    Feb 25 '20 at 2:55
  • $\begingroup$ @anodyne You've found the one word I'm not completely happy with! Don't get hung up on it. Just see it as an idiom. $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Feb 25 '20 at 3:16
  • $\begingroup$ Are you a long unused puzzle tag? $\endgroup$
    – Ébe Isaac
    Feb 25 '20 at 10:19
  • $\begingroup$ @ Ébe Isaac No, but that's an interesting idea. $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Feb 25 '20 at 17:55
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I can't claim to explain all the hints, but my guess is that you are

ROSETTA'S STONE, a previous puzzle of @Jens', as ROSES STONE on each first letter cannot be an accident

Recent in youth, I earned some praise
On time has passed, those were the days
So now I'm idle
E're by myself
Seeking a saviour, on any shelf

That puzzle went unsolved and un-attempted for a few days despite double-digit upvotes. Mirroring that, the real-life Rosetta Stone garnered great interest centuries ago, before it was cracked.

Some say I'm hard, but that isn't true
Though I require, some work from you
Oodles of hints
No hint was small
Even the title, s'plained for y'all

These lines tell us to go solve the other puzzle - it's not that hard! Though "Where art thou?" suggests we have to go locate it first.

As for the hint,

This would be a puzzle about the other puzzle as well as the "puzzling" Rosetta Stone.

As for the prelude "An appealing interlude...,"

I have no idea. Perhaps this riddle was a bit of an intermission while we waited for someone to solve the other puzzle.

I'm surprised to see

No reference to the language-learning software. Perhaps I am missing it.

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  • $\begingroup$ You are so very close, I'm almost tempted to give you the checkmark! However, I was quite selfish when I wrote this riddle and the puzzle it refers to, is on this very site. $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Feb 25 '20 at 6:43
  • $\begingroup$ I think this may be the droid... I mean, puzzle... you're looking for... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Feb 25 '20 at 6:53
  • $\begingroup$ I've been baited into a puzzle way beyond my pay grade. Looking forward to reading solutions! $\endgroup$
    – anodyne
    Feb 25 '20 at 6:59
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    $\begingroup$ You don't need to solve the puzzle being referred to (though that would nice!) just identify it. And @Stiv is always worth listening to... $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Feb 25 '20 at 17:46
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    $\begingroup$ Some notes: (1) The title and the "appeal" in "appealing interlude" refer to the need for a "saviour", i.e. someone to try to solve the puzzle referred to. And that puzzle is the one you correctly linked to. (2) There is no talk of language learning software as that isn't needed to solve that puzzle. Anyway, the checkmark is yours! $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Feb 28 '20 at 15:12

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