We, the moderators of physics.SE, are deeply concerned about the recently announced "network policy" regarding computer-generated content on the SE network, which effectively attempts to forbid moderators from issuing suspensions or deleting posts for the undisclosed usage of computer-generated content.
When text generated by new GPT models became a pressing concern in December 2022, we explained that we consider the undisclosed use of such models to violate the standards of honesty and integrity physics.SE strives to uphold, and that we treat such content as violations of our pre-existing policies on plagiarism and interacting with other users in good faith, regardless of the quality of the content. In particular, while we are generally fairly cautious with moderator action towards posts that are merely of low quality, plagiarism in general and the use of computer-generated text specifically quickly lead to suspension of the user and deletion of the plagiarized posts.
Since December, we have issued 17 moderator warnings — most of these together with 7-day suspensions — for plagiarism via GPT-like models, and we have no evidence whatsoever that any of these warnings were in error. While we of course are fallible, we are convinced that these suspensions protected and continue to protect our site from a higher influx of plagiarized computer-generated texts, and we are prepared to explain our reasoning for each of them, if requested, in public or in private. We have received no such request from either the users involved or SE employees before this new network policy was instituted.
Therefore, we reject the implication in the network policy that there has been an unacceptably high false positive rate in the way we deal with computer-generated content, and we see no reason to change our processes. We owe this to you, the physics.SE community, since our promise to safeguard this site from computer-generated content on this meta was met with almost unanimous approval (it has received only a single downvote at the time of writing) — a rare thing for policy discussions on physics.SE, and a strong sign this community wants us to continue to act as we have before the announcement of the new network policy.
We call on all moderators of other sites in the network who value honesty and integrity and who value the core identity of our SE communities as places where amateurs and experts alike interact as humans, to do the same and rank the needs of their communities above this ill-considered network policy.