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Use of ChatGPT to provide answers

I believe that we should not allow AI-generated answers on this site. I already deleted two of them, and unless the community consensus is vastly different, I intend to continue doing so. Why? ...
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Moderator Philipp selectively deleting on-topic comments on answer

You and another user had an extended discussion of about 30 comments. This goes far beyond what is or should be on-topic or allowed. A lot of those were nitpicks, borderline insults, misunderstandings ...
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Moderator Philipp selectively deleting on-topic comments on answer

What I deleted was a comment chain of 60(!) comments posted over a timeframe of just 2(!) hours. It was a back and forth which didn't really go anywhere. First it was a "you are wrong - no you are ...
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Why are answers that basically say "right wing illogical bad, left wing rational good" allowed to exist?

Because sometimes people aren't rational. In fact, I'd argue that people are rarely rational, liberals and highly-educated people included. Most of our behavior is driven by factors other than pure, ...
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Why are answers that basically say "right wing illogical bad, left wing rational good" allowed to exist?

I want to spell out what the core of this dispute is, because I think that will help you guys as you try to establish policy about answers like mine. So... There is an essential confusion about what ...
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Should accepted answers still be pinned to the top of the list of answers?

I looked at the data a bit using this SEDE query. There are 704 questions where the accepted answer is outscored by another answer. In 486 questions the difference in score between the accepted answer ...
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How to handle 'arguments from authority'

When it comes to identifying the "argument from authority" fallacy, then there is one thing one needs to pay attention to: Is the author using the authority as a source for a fact or for an opinion? ...
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Why are answers that basically say "right wing illogical bad, left wing rational good" allowed to exist?

It's not a CoC violation. It's not smart by any stretch, but a CoC violation would have been a direct attack. Something along the lines of All [members of this political party] should die in a ...
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Are frame challenges acceptable on Politics.SE?

If someone flagged an answer like that for deletion, I would decline that flag almost 100% of the time. As long as your answer looks like it's trying to help the OP solve his underlying problem(on ...
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Should accepted answers still be pinned to the top of the list of answers?

I like the idea of going by score only as for the most part the accepted answer will have the highest score. However there will be times when an answer is accepted because it was what the OP wanted to ...
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Use of ChatGPT to provide answers

Over on StackOverflow they banned the use of ChatGPT, detailed the penalties (a ban) but did not offerdetails of how well this usage can be detected. The primary aim is likely deterrence. The major ...
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Should answers without references be removed by the mods?

No, answers should not be removed just because they lack references. Not all answers here will require references and we can find good answers without them. If an answer needs references it can be ...
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How do I deal with a user who is gatekeeping edits to their answer?

The problem, in general This is called Edit war (What to do about a dispute within edits?), which quite often occurs in the form of Rollback war What you can do What are my options for forcing ...
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Is it appropriate to flag unreferenced answers making extraordinary claims?

Basically, flags should be used to signal moderators about severe problems that, indeed, require the moderator's intrusion — usually, by deletion the offending post. So your question turns into "is ...
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What to do about biased question-askers who accept an answer because its supports their bias?

This problem is as old as Stack Exchange, I guess. In the end the question author has sole authority to decide which answer to accept. We can not override their decision, except by removing the answer ...
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Answers locking due to low quality comments also prevents upvotes. What to do about it?

I have been asking for a comments-only lock for years. There might be some hope we will eventually get one. Right now, however, I'm afraid there is no good solution. The answer produced an ...
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How to handle short low-quality answers which are prevented from deletion by upvotes?

There are two possible solutions, but in my experience, all roads lead to Meta. Solution 1 is to raise a Meta question, like this one, asking whether the answer should be deleted or not. This can ...
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Moderator Philipp selectively deleting on-topic comments on answer

I don't see that he did anything inappropriate here. To review: Deleting the chain of comments discussing the answer That's obviously the right thing to do; as he pointed out to you, this is not a ...
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Why was my answer to the question "Why is China interested in supporting the Taliban?" deleted?

I responded to your answer after it received a rude or abusive flag. I don't think it is rude per se, but I found other issues. At the time there was one comment by Ekadh Singh - Reinstate Monica ...
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Is it OK to vote to close and answer a question at the same time?

Voting to close and Answering are by nature contradictory actions. The very act of voting to close is saying that the question isn't worth writing an answer for. It's fine if you change your mind ...
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Why do we need references?

One important property of a good answer is that people have reason to be confident in its correctness. We need a reason to believe that the answerer's premises and reasoning are valid, and ...
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What should we do about an instance of a highly upvoted but unsourced and unfactual answers?

Sometimes the approach taken towards improving something is important. Your comments would be more likely to have been received well if they looked like constructive criticism trying to improve an ...
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Why do we need references?

References help avoid needless disputes, and are appropriate whenever users are relaying facts, findings, and ideas which did not originate with them. References are very useful, since a user might ...
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How do we handle opinionated non-answers posted as answers?

The question was "Why allow convicted criminals to vote?", and the answer described a reason why to allow criminals to vote. If you think the answer needs more to back it up, then leave a comment ...
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How do I deal with a user who is gatekeeping edits to their answer?

If you think that there is something wrong with Politics Stack Exchange and its community, then the correct place to discuss this is here on meta. Answers and questions are not the place for meta-...
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Moderator Philipp selectively deleting on-topic comments on answer

I am in two minds here - I agree with @Philipp that the comment chain should have been deleted, but at the same time I appreciate the need for the supposed erroneous claims in the answer to be pointed ...
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Answers written with help of GPT-3/AI

I recently flagged an answer on Stack Overflow that, in retrospect, I strongly suspect was written by GPT3. It was basically saying, 2+2=5, about a less-used Python function, along with a claimed ...
Italian Philosophers 4 Monica's user avatar
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How to handle own opinions when answering a question?

One thing I'd suggest is to re-evaluate whether it is truly necessary to include things that you know are opinion based. It won't really change anything. As Britain never really sheltert refugees,...
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Do we hate memes at Politics SE?

Images can be a powerful tool to make an answer more useful. A good picture can say more than a thousand words. But only if used correctly. Images which don't add useful information can be extremely ...
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