This gibberish is the source code of what you use to encode and decode it. I'm curious if anybody can decode it and give me the original source code! I'm placing a decent bounty on this in two days because I think it's quite funny.


The text consists of the following characters: < > + - =

  • $\begingroup$ ^vote with question/note: Was the text too big to include in this post? Sure would've been nice, perhaps with a shorter cipher. I tend to ignore posts that require link chasing but reluctantly wound up liking this puzzle after seeing its solution. $\endgroup$
    – humn
    Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 16:35

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Steps - First:

Show text like this


Search in text (ctrl+F) for "<>" or "<=-<>=+<" You will notice, that it is repetitive. chaos


Ignore "<" and "<=-<>=+<", translate "+" and "-" as "1" and "0".
">" is separator.


You can now see binary code, it needs to be slightly changed from this
To this, when you add "0" at the start of each string (so it has 8 symbols each). Maybe I missed something, because I had to do it by hand.
better binary


Translate binary to text (for example here) and it gives text like this
source code
Which is (I believe) same algorithm, that was used on its source code.

  • $\begingroup$ Very close!! Nice job $\endgroup$
    – Rigidity
    Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 23:50

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