Various questions, and perhaps also answers, (will) involve a description of a scenario to set the context. Then, this scenario could be a description of a real situation or fiction (or perhaps something in between).
What should be the etiquette related to this?
I am aware we cannot always know let alone enforce anything here. But what is the expected behavior or default assumption to make. I am especially interested to get opinions on this, since I believe different sites have different standards on this and it might be good to fix this for this site.
Some options to convey what I mean:
A scenario has to correspond to a real situation.
Hypothetical scenarios are alright but it should be mentioned they are fiction.
Hypothetical scenarios are alright without mention.
It is recommended for those who have a question based on a real situation to announce it in their posts. (Addition proposed by Saint Georg)
Added clarification: Since there seemed to be some confusion what I meant with "hypothetical" let me stress that I did not mean to discuss the issue to what extent it is alright to ask about things that one is not involved with personally or if context should be provided (this could also be discussed, but it is not what I wanted to do). Here, I only mean to fix our etiquette regarding the question:
Should assertions made in questions (and answers) concerning OP be assumed to be true or is fiction admitted. That is, would it be alright if I write: "In my work as an elementary school teacher I have [some porblem]." while not actually being an elementray school teacher.
With potentional answers 1. No this is not alright. 2. Doing this is alright for stylistic reasons but should be made clear. 3. This is fine. And so on.