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I was looking at a new question on main (Where and what was Haunt.bat? A game pre-loaded on a c1992 PC) and saw this message above the answer box:

Message

What is this message? Was it added by a mod? I don't see it on any other question.

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This was, in fact, A/B testing: To quote Adam Lear on Meta Stack Exchange:

We're currently running an experiment with different versions of a call to action on questions.

The original version is

Know someone who can answer? Share a link to this question via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

The new copy being tested is

Can you help? SiteName depends on everyone sharing their knowledge. If you're able to answer this question, please do!

The original is still shown to users on their own questions (since it's weird to prompt them to also answer) and people who aren't part of the experiment group.

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Look again at the question. That message has gone away and the usual box has returned. I can confirm that the message you describe was there just after the question was posted,

A very similar message box is visible on some questions on other sites too. Although I've only seen it on beta sites so far.

No, it isn't a moderator message. StackExchange does alter things from time to time, I believe this is just a new message of encouragement.

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I think this is an alternative message to the "Know someone who can answer?" message. I see a different banner both when logged in and not, so I assume this is not specific to this question.
EDIT 2016/01/11: Now I see this banner too.

Know someone who can answer? Share a link to this question via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

Post notices added by moderators appear above the question's comments, and there is no option that I can find that allows custom notices such as this to be shown; there is only citation needed, current event and insufficient explanation.

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