Let's say a puzzle has a story that might seem real to some people. For example, a puzzle could have a story like "So my friend sent me a message". Do I, as the puzzle creator, have to clarify somewhere in the body of the question that the story is fictional? I'd like to list the pros and cons I've found of not stating that a puzzle is fictional:
- It might motivate users more to solve the puzzle.
- A note that indicates the puzzle is not real might destroy the whole appeal of the story.
- It might cause some users to think the puzzle is more important than it actually is, perhaps even placing a bounty on it.
- Users might get very upset once they find out it is fictional.