SE has decreed a new policy on how moderators are allowed to handle, or not handle AI-authored content:
This has very wide-reaching implications for the entire network, but the actual announcement is barely visible. It is heavily downvoted, so it won't be visible on the MSE frontpage. It was never featured, so it is not visible on any main sites. I have flagged this to be featured days ago, and as far as I understand I'm not the only one that has done that, but my flag is still pending and SE hasn't acted on this.
I think it is important to actually inform the community about this change, which brings me to the second problem with this announcement. It is simply wrong and does not accurately represent the actual policy that SE has communicated in private to the moderators. There are two big differences between the public policy and the private one:
- which moderator actions it applies to, the public policy only mentions suspensions
- what exactly the "very strict standard of evidence" is
The first one should be easy to correct, and I don't see any reason to keep the blatantly wrong information in the public policy here.
The second one is a bit tricky; there are arguments here that the exact details should not be made public to avoid users exploiting that knowledge. I don't agree with those arguments, especially as in this case the public policy essentially hides just how massive this policy change is.
There's an additional point that is just plain wrong now in the help center policy on ChatGPT, SE knows what I mean.
I'm asking SE to fix the public policy so that it properly represents the actual policy change and then feature it so that the users of the SE network are actually notified about it.