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Proposed changes to Help Center articles to include mention of AI-generated content policy

Feb 22 2024 Update: I have just rolled out the network-wide version of the help center article that mentions content generated by generative artificial intelligence tools must be referenced. I have ...
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Sites can now request to enable a banner to warn about their policy on AI-generated content

February 22, 2024 Update The help center articles have been rolled out network-wide. See revision 15 of the February 7th post for more details. If you're interested in enabling one of these banners on ...
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How do I see answers to my questions?

It says 10 people saw my question but no one has bothered to answer yet. What does that mean?
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Is there a list of ChatGPT or other AI-related discussions and policies for our sites?

Lately, the use of ChatGPT on the network has become controversial, with Stack Overflow completely banning using generated text for content and several other sites considering bans. Could we get a ...
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What is an acceptable answer?

I answered a question and my answer was: (pick one) Deleted Converted to a comment Added to my question as an edit Why was this? Why was my answer not acceptable? What is the definition of an ...
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Enable the announced 'Answers generated by Artificial Intelligence tools are not allowed' banner on Meta.SE

This a follow-up on Sites can now request to enable a banner to warn about their policy on AI-generated content where I posted a now-deleted answer to comply with the guidelines. We frequently see ...
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Add an option to sort answers by the viewer's previously cast votes

Motivation: When I sort by highest score, what I really want is that by default, what other people found the most useful is at the top, because I'm in a mode where I want to find things that will be ...
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If a user is composing an answer to a question that gets migrated, move the answer draft to the new question on the destination site

When composing an answer on a question that gets migrated you get a warning that the question is locked and after a reload you get redirected to the new site. However the answer box is empty. AFAIK ...
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How can I assign a bounty and the "accepted answer" checkmark to more than two equally good answers?

I posted a question and added a 100 point bounty. I got (so far) three equally great answers. Each of the answers approached the problem from a different angle. All three answers are independent. All ...
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What is the correct meaning/interpretation of the number of upvotes next to an answer on Stack Exchange?

I am not so naive to think that this wasn't asked/discussed, but I have not found a close enough fit to my question (yet). Also, I will appreciate any improvements to my question (also as per language)...
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How do I answer a bug report?

I regularly see bug reports on Meta, occasionally with heavily upvoted answers. When is it appropriate to answer a bug report? How would I write a good answer to a bug report? How could I write an ...
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If SE introduces system-generated answers, how to fit them into SE's question and answers model

This question is meant to be constructive in tone, not another channel to start debates or express opinions or frustrations on what happened around AI in the past weeks. (There are plenty, more ...
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Add a warning about generative AI on other sites (only to sites which banned generative AI) of Stack Exchange

On Stack Overflow (only in English) there is the warning about generative AI answers: Reminder: Answers generated by Artificial Intelligence tools are not allowed on Stack Overflow. Learn more. Can ...
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Allow high-reputation users or topic experts to "endorse" answers posted by other users

The problem I am a Physics Stack user and I made a feature request that I was told would be a better fit for the mother meta site. I am a user who primarily answers way more than I ask. In short, the ...
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Explain reasons for accepting an answer in Help Center

A new user on an SE site indicated in the comments that one of the answers to their posted question was best. I left a comment encouraging them to accept that answer, and gave a link to this help ...
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Is it right to share screenshot from MDN documentation?

While answering it would be better to share browser compatibility details taken from MDN documentation. Is it OK to take a screenshot from MDN (Mozilla Developer Network) and share somewhere else, e.g....
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Could ChatGPT be a viable way to answer people's questions?

A few days ago, OpenAI, the people that brought you GPT-3 and DALL-E, launched a new product called ChatGPT. It can answer questions so accurately that it's legitimately scary. Even the most obscure ...
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Answering-in-answer-posts versus answering-in-comments. What is the metric? What are the motives, etiquettes? What is ideal?

I'm noticing that more often than not, across all the communities that I interact with, people will answer a question via a comment rather than by posting an answer. Is there a tracked metric for the ...
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Should you undo your vote after an answer was edited?

Let's say you upvote an answer because it answers the question and helps OP fix a problem. Within a couple of minutes of upvoting, this answer is edited slightly - not enough to change it completely ...
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Is it not recommended to accept an answer quickly, because it might not encourage users to write more answers? [duplicate]

A moderator told me to not accept an answer too soon because it hinders users from writing more answers. But the accepted answer fits my needs, AND it even looks like a Canonical Answer to me. Is that ...
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When JavaScript is disabled, sort orders other than "votes" are buggy

I normally browse Stack Exchange with JavaScript disabled, and reading, searching, etc. mostly work just fine in that context. However, sort orders other than "votes" are broken, for users ...
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Should upvotes on new answers to old/unanswered/upvoted questions be weighted differently?

Note: This question has marked as a possible duplicate of: How about a difficulty rating for questions? However: This question is not about a 'difficulty rating' for questions based on their perceived ...
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No descriptive error when trying to post an answer while logged out

While typing an answer, my session expired (?) causing me to be logged out. I didn't notice that, but when pressing 'Post your answer', the following 'error' was shown: Your answer couldn't be ...
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Make answering notice for unregistered users be translatable via Traducir

On sites where answering for unregistered users is available, they will see the following notice below the post body text area: Thanks for contributing an answer to Stack Overflow! Please be sure to ...
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What can be done if a user accepts an incorrect or inadequate answer to his question due to some bias? [duplicate]

I've noticed that a lot of users on Meta, especially new users, have various biases towards and against certain answerers. I wondered what would the protocol be if a user, who already has a few ...
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Retagging questions with the answer?

When the answer to a question can be summarized in one word, I've found myself wanting to retag questions with that answer as a tag. Is this good practice? Example: If "lib-y" is a good answer to the ...
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Fastest Gun in the West Problem

I feel like there's a problem with Stack Overflow, as the number of people prowling it increases. Each question's answers are sorted by descending score and then by descending time of posting. This ...
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Duplicate answers should be blocked rather than just flagged

Currently the system detects duplicate answers from the same user and flags them for moderator attention. This is useful, but could be streamlined. Duplicate answers fall into two main categories: ...
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How can we identify ChatGPT-generated posts?

As a moderator on two sites, I am following the Stack Overflow community's policy regarding the ban of ChatGPT closely. However, does the community and its moderators have any handles on how to ...
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Answer marked as solution. If deleted, is questioner free to mark another answer as the solution?

A questioner marked my answer as the solution, despite giving new information pointing out it was not the right answer after all. If I remove my answer, is the solution flag reset and available again? ...
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Duplicate questions with no accepted answer [duplicate]

What am I supposed to do when trying to flag a question as a duplicate but the question I'm trying to link doesn't have an accepted answer? This question and the answer makes me think that I should be ...
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How do I properly use the "Not an Answer" flag?

What is the "Not an Answer" flag and what is its purpose? When should I use this flag? When should I not use this flag? But I'm still not sure if I'm using the flag correctly... An answer is ...
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What can I do if an answer in the "First Answers" Review Queue is objectively wrong?

All the options presented to me through the UI do not seem to address the situation correctly. Here is a screenshot of the options available to me. And here are the Share Feedback options. The only ...
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Should edits to one’s own answers be isolated and highlighted? [duplicate]

I’ve observed that some answers include sections at the bottom that are explicitly labeled Edit or the like. But there are also many other answers that (as the system indicates) have been edited but ...
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Can clicking on a negatively-received post remove the graying-out on both the content *and* the comments?

This post was marked status-completed – and it is, to a degree. But clicking on a post with a score of −3 (or −7) or lower doesn't remove the grayness on the comments underneath the post, only the ...
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What can be done about an increasing impatience with poorly expressed questions?

I've only been using SO for about a month, but I think I've noticed an increase in impatient responses to poorly-worded questions. I may even have been guilty of it myself. Of course 'poorly-worded ...
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Does Stack Exchange allow for answers which question the validity or stance of the original question?

One thing I keep running into on this site is that some questions are merely asked so that a persons opinion can be validated. I don't ever say I'm right and you're wrong when I reply to a question, ...
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Improving SEO on Answers for Increased Findability

Great answers answer technical questions helpfully, a necessity for answers that become reputation bedrocks. But mother lode answers benefit from a near continuous stream of page views resulting in ...
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Improve post-notice for sourceless answers

On questions like this one that have a tendency to be answered by low-rep users who don't cite any sources, mods can add the following post-notice: Want to improve this post? Provide detailed ...
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Unable to delete my answer

I wrote this answer to a SO question. Then I learned that I misunderstood the question, so I tried to delete my answer. The confirmation dialog popped up, I clicked on OK, but it wasn't deleted. The ...
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How often does ChatGPT give an incorrect answer to an SE question?

This is a follow-up of Ban ChatGPT network-wide. How often does ChatGPT give an incorrect answer?
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Competing with ChatGPT Answers: An Expert's Perspective

Although I'm a moderator on two network sites who has had to deal with GenAI answers, I'm writing this from the perspective of a lower (<2k reputation, with limited access to moderation tools) user ...
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Redesign "lots of answers" JS confirm dialog to use Stacks stylized popups instead

Currently, when attempting to answer questions with lots of answers (usually 30 but configurable per site), users are shown the following generic JS confirmation prompt (from one's browser, in this ...
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Add the share button to (other) answers in review queues

When reviewing an answer in one of the Low Quality Posts, First Posts, or Late Answers queues, there is the option to watch the Other answers of the question. This gives a more "naked" view ...
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Answers on migration stub questions include a false notice that they were converted to comments

This question was recently migrated from Sustainability.SE to Politics.SE. There was already an answer when it was migrated, and as expected, that answer was included with the migration. However, back ...
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When writing an answer, it should appear directly below the question

Problem When I am writing an answer, especially a detailed one, it's useful to be able to refer to the question to make sure that I am answering everything and doing it in a logical order. Because of ...
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What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"?

If you are reading this, you may have been affected by one of our post quality bans. If so, it is important that you read the following information to understand what has happened and how to regain ...
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The anonymous "Post your answer" button gets squashed

Across all SE sites when I visit a question without being signed in and scroll down to the bottom, there is an option to submit an answer as a guest, but I don't think the button should be wrapped (...
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How does accepting an answer work?

What does it mean to accept an answer? How do I accept an answer, and what are the rules? Can I accept my own self-answer? What are the reputation benefits? Which answer should I accept? Should I ...
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Add # next to each answer?

I would like to suggest adding the answer number (#) to each answer on a page. This makes it easier to know which answer you are at when scrolling down a list of many and long answers. For instance, I ...

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