I don't know if this is appropriate for meta or not but I'm getting frustrated.
Here's my conundrum:
- To my knowledge, there's no way around the grace period
- My puzzle is designed to require the user to look in the edit history of the question
- If I post the hidden puzzle with the intent of changing it later so it only shows in the history, it is seen and answered too quickly because and people are always online
- If I preface the OP with something like "Please don't answer this yet" it either gives up the game or it gets deleted by mods because it's not a question
Is my puzzle impossible to post?
How would you get around these troubles?
Here's the actual puzzle. I don't expect it will ever be posted on Puzzling since I can't figure out how to get around the restrictions I face. I was trying to be all meta and clever and it just hasn't worked.
I hide a chestnut within me I've held it for naught eternity Only briefly did I wield The question that will the answer yield You've heard before and will again Me and others among my kin We're known quite well and answered now No longer do we furrow brows Be wary, though, and be not fooled The riddle here is overruled You must find the one most hidden Changing is to some forbidden Dig it up and answer that one I think the hunt shall be most fun Explain these stanzas if you choose But a one-word answer is all I'm due I puzzle you? You puzzle me! I do not know why you don't see. I have a history hidden from thee Find it for simplicity
Then, in the edit history, the user would see the first posting was a fairly simple puzzle. Something like "What color was the bear?" All the user would need to post to get the tick was "White" and, after a while, an explanation of how they found it.