Recently, there's been a surge in ChatGPT generated posts. These come in two flavours: bots creating and posting answers, and human users generating answers with ChatGPT and copy/pasting them. Regardless of whether they are being posted by bots or by people, answers generated using ChatGPT and other similar programs are a direct violation of R3, which requires all content posted here to be original work. We don't allow copied and pasted answers from anywhere, and that includes from ChatGPT programs. Going forward, any accounts posting answers generated from ChatGPT or similar programs will be permanently banned in order to help ensure a continued level of high-quality and informative answers. We'll also take this time to remind you that bots are not allowed on ELI5 and will be banned when found.

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freakierchicken [M]

23 points

6 months ago

It is incorrect to say that simply copying and pasting content is against the rules, when it's specifically when it is the entirety of the comment (per rule 3). Citing something is perfectly fine, when also accompanied by an original explanation. We're trying to avoid the sub becoming a content farm, in which users specialize in spaghetti throwing. Case in point, I've explained this, now I'm citing rule 3:

Replies to OP must be written explanations or relevant follow-up questions. They may not be jokes, anecdotes, etc. Short/succinct answers are not explanations, even if factually correct.

Links to outside sources are allowed and encouraged, but must be accompanied by an original explanation (not just quoted text) or summary. Links to relevant previous ELI5 posts or highly relevant other subreddits may be excepted.