I recently was alerted that an answer had been submitted for one of my unanswered questions (archive link), which I asked a few months ago. I took a look, and found an answer which immediately struck me as being very similar in tone to the sorts of responses I got when I was playing around with ChatGPT just a couple of weeks ago. So, I inspected the answer a bit more closely, and noticed a few things:
- the name for similar-looking kanji suggested in the answer is「形似文字」, a term which I could not find anywhere online,
- the answer gives a reading of this compound which is incorrect (けいじぶんじ rather than the more likely けいじもじ), and
- the answer goes off on a tangent about how I should practice writing kanji(!)
These are the three main things that lead me to believe that this is an AI-generated response.
Looking at the profile of the person who posted it, they recently submitted around ten answers like this in the short space of an hour or so. They all read like ChatGPT-generated responses, and indeed, it seems some others have noticed this as well.
So, please can we ban (and remove any existing) AI-generated responses? They seem to be little help and basically constitute spam in my opinion.