Incident 413: Thousands of Incorrect ChatGPT-Produced Answers Posted on Stack Overflow

Description: Thousands of incorrect answers produced by OpenAI's ChatGPT were submitted to Stack Overflow, which swamped the site's volunteer-based quality curation process and harmed users looking for correct answers.


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Alleged: OpenAI developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Stack Overflow users and Stack Overflow.

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Temporary policy: ChatGPT is banned · 2022

Use of ChatGPT generated text for content on Stack Overflow is temporarily banned.

This is a temporary policy intended to slow down the influx of answers and other content created with ChatGPT. What the final policy will be regarding the us…

AI-generated answers temporarily banned on coding Q&A site Stack Overflow · 2022

Stack Overflow, the go-to question-and-answer site for coders and programmers, has temporarily banned users from sharing responses generated by AI chatbot ChatGPT.

The site's mods said that the ban was temporary and that a final ruling woul…

Why is Everyone Bashing ChatGPT? · 2022

Unfounded assumptions, bad advice, incorrect information—the biggest source of problems on the internet today is people blindly buying into hype. ChatGPT, which has taken the internet by the storm recently, seems to be making it a lot easie…


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