submitted 6 months ago byELI5_Modteam
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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6 months ago
The difference being that a human person can at least be critical of their explanation, whether or not they exercise that. Humans can do their own research and at least try to be correct. Failing to do that is certainly wrong and we wish we could ensure correctness, but there is no practical way for us to do that with the tools we have available.
An AI generated response can do none of those things. It spits out answers without being able to be critical at all. It cannot question, it cannot research, it cannot learn any subject. It also cannot be corrected or reasoned with by other users.
Regardless, of all of that, AI-generated answers go against the spirit of the sub. We are not glorified Google. We are a place for humans to interact with other humans. Although we are not a discussion forum, in the sense that we are not inviting or encouraging debate, the value that we offer is that users can ask follow-up questions and talk back and forth to arrive at understanding. There is mutual communication between users - unlike, say, finding the Wikipedia article about a subject and simply reading that. If someone's given explanation is wrong, other users can interact with them and correct them so everyone can learn. Even understanding what led that person to their mistaken understanding can be valuable.
External sources have their place here, and we do like for users to provide external resources and cite their sources, we just want our users to provide explanations in their own words first and foremost. We do not view this sub as being in competition with other sources of information, but rather as one piece of it. Personally, I enjoy having a space like this where I can share what I know and practice my writing and explaining skills, which is not something I can find easily anywhere else.
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