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Is AI being used to respond to Q&A?

steve41 | Posted in General Questions on

I’ve noticed several responses in Q&A that seem very “canned”, all associated with a single user.  These are unlike the occasional product related spams that find their way to Q&A.  Is GBA using/testing AI to contribute to Q&A?

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  1. Expert Member

    I was curious too. I assumed it was just someone raising their profile for some reason.

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    DCcontrarian | | #2

    I don't know if it's AI per se but it's pretty common that a thread from years ago will be resuscitated by a very spammy, often off-topic post.

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    Michael Maines | | #3

    I noticed those posts as well. It's not something GBA is doing but they are looking into it.

  4. steve41 | | #4

    Hi Michael- Do you mean GBA is looking into using AI or looking into a user that may be using AI?

    I'm not quite sure where I stand with AI, and I don't think it really matters- it's happening. However, I do feel that if AI is used in Q&A it should somehow be identified as such. It should not be masked as a standard user... I'm sure that would be super easy to implement/sustain ;-)

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      Michael Maines | | #5

      Steve, I mean I asked Kiley, the editor, and she said that GBA has nothing to do with AI. They are trying to figure out whether individual posters are using AI-generated content. It's not as easy as it might seem.

  5. jameshowison | | #6

    This one I thought might be an AI response:

    That said, I could entirely be wrong and maligning someone and I hope they'll forgive me if that's the case!

  6. jameshowison | | #7

    Obviously this one, including two of the responses:

    Probably farming accounts (most sites give privs to accounts that post more/have history), which are then sold and used to promote associate sharing links etc.

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