Recently Stack Exchange found itself at the center of two new "incidents".

I am not discussing those here again, please follow the links if you are interested in further info.

I just wanted to point out that today by sheer chance I saw a link to the blog posted in the Tavern chatroom. Usually I ignore those but in the light of the previously mentioned events the clickbait title "The AI is the UI" caught my attention so I skimmed over it.

And I noticed two posts that I would probably have avoided now.

  • How to land a job in climate tech: telling people how to find a job...
  • When AI meets IP: Can artists sue AI imitators? (Ep. 566) : an article about the question if the creators of some content can sue someone for training an AI with said content.

Alone these two article would just pass over my head. A problem arises when you tell people how to find a job right after firing 58 employees, or tell content creators that "Fair use" means AI training is legal after they discovered that their post will be sold for that very reason.

I am willing to think this is just an unfortunate coincidence with no ill intent. But it is still a VERY unfortunate coincidence. I would therefore kindly request that articles picked for the blog would be checked to see if they could feel problematic at the time of posting.

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    It's Fate telling Stack Exchange: "nah!". Commented May 12, 2023 at 16:55
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    Also, it just shows how cold hearted machines are, and AI among them, no better even a tiny bit. And into that Darkness SE goes heads on, intentionally, to mine some dirty coins. Commented May 12, 2023 at 16:56
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    I literally feel like the one on careers in sustainability was one written for SO careers, uploaded to make up numbers, then had a SOFT promo tacked on at the end. Commented May 12, 2023 at 23:44
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    What about the timing? Why would the blog folks know about the firings in advance? They are not all-knowing. The lead time for the blog posts may be many weeks (even many months) and may just as well be related to the Big Tech firings (and trickle down into smaller companies). Are you asking for the blog posts to be taken down? Commented May 13, 2023 at 14:30
  • @This_is_NOT_a_forum Well, even if what you suggested was true (I suspect that they knew in advance and that the blog is not "pre-made" so in advance) the "release" date for that post is May, 12th - after the two incidents. They could use a "go-live" final review, or they could actually remove said problematic posts.
    – SPArcheon
    Commented May 15, 2023 at 7:40


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