Higher question-rate sites have already addressed chatbot-generated posting in an essentially universal negative way, for example:

Recently a bit of ChatGTP was added to a question by the author AFTER the question was already answered by the same user. They properly cited the generating website and made it clear what was being done, but it seems almost gratuitous ex post facto chatbotting.

Question: While this is being sorted out in the greater Stack Exchange Ecosystem of communities and some guidelines and procedures are worked out, should we at least temporarily ban chatbot-generated content in Astronomy SE?

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    $\begingroup$ this was also posted in Space SE $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Dec 12, 2022 at 22:00
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    $\begingroup$ Behind the scenes, we have already taken moderator action against a user for ChatGPT, but I support having a clear policy answer on it to avoid confusion. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Dec 12, 2022 at 22:37
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    $\begingroup$ See also: Is there a list of ChatGPT discussions and policies for our sites? $\endgroup$
    – NVZ
    Commented Dec 23, 2022 at 11:22

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We should, at a minimum, temporarily ban chat generated content on Astronomy SE. This content doesn't cite sources, generate mathjax, and it isn't the original work of those who might post it. Even when quoted, chat generated content is not, as itself, an authoritative source, so it has no place on the SE.

Instead of having a separate specific policy against posting chat generated content, I propose we adopt the policy from the helpdesk linked by the OP above: Why posting GPT and ChatGPT generated answers is not currently acceptable.


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