While I understand that many words will fit the following, the final version should and will make sense once you get the right words. The text includes many familiar names.

Thanks for the patience.

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  • $\begingroup$ Are the dashes a dash or a letter indicator? Or can you not say? :P $\endgroup$ Apr 19 '20 at 18:35
  • $\begingroup$ Letter indicator. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Apr 19 '20 at 18:56
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    $\begingroup$ Familiar names to whom? Is this an insider's puzzle? $\endgroup$
    – Galen
    Apr 19 '20 at 20:25
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    $\begingroup$ Sorry I'm voting this close because 2 reasons: this is a kind of "guess what im thinking" and.. cipher? The tag is probably misused here imo. $\endgroup$
    – athin
    Apr 20 '20 at 4:59
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, the 'cipher' tag isn't appropriate. A poorly applied tag is easily resolved, though. Including site-specific usernames is problematic, too, but also easily resolved. I don't agree that it is a "guess what I am thinking" puzzle; I was able to use logical reasoning to slowly work out the entire message. @DEEM, I hope you consider reworking this a little bit, instead of abandoning it. It is, in essence, a good puzzle, I think. $\endgroup$ Apr 20 '20 at 6:39

Here is my answer.

Thanks to @Glorfindel for laying the groundwork.

Look Ma! No consonants!

This is my two hundredth question, kind of

To the smartest puzzle solvers of StackExchange

Each wins hundreds of badges

Tom, Stiv, Beastly Gerbil,

Bass, Rand al'Thor, hexomino,

jafe, Gareth McCaughan, Alconja

and many more!

Tip of my hat.

  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM - Although this puzzle was closed, it would be nice to have some feedback about the intended answer, so I can know how close I was to getting it. $\endgroup$ May 19 '20 at 12:12

I'm getting somewhere, but not far enough yet. At least I've identified all names ...

This is my pro puzzle___ question, _i__ o_

So the greatest(?) puzzle wonders of StackExchange
Each KING(?) puzzlers of _a__e_

Tom, Stiv, Beastly Gerbil,
Bass, Rand al'Thor, hexomino,
jafe, Gareth McCaughan, Alconja
all _a__ _o_e!
-i_ o_ __ a.

The difference between underscores and dashes:

dashes represent upper case consonants, underscores lower case consonants.

Also, random rant: why on Earth is 'y' not a vowel in English?

  • $\begingroup$ It is "sometimes" $\endgroup$
    – LeppyR64
    Apr 19 '20 at 19:20
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    $\begingroup$ If that's right, the puzzle can't be solved by newcomers. It is partisan. There was a previous puzzle, where one of the clues was the icon of a regular contributor and that part of the answer was the username. But that contributer had changed their icon, making it even more impossible to solve. $\endgroup$ Apr 19 '20 at 19:22
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    $\begingroup$ You are right @Weather Vane. I did not think of that so I will vote to close this $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Apr 19 '20 at 20:09

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