My question got an answer that used ChatGPT but still got 2 (Edit: 21) upvotes. Is this usage allowed on Puzzling Stack Exchange?
Why ChatGPT and AI answers should be banned... mostly
It is my opinion that pasting an answer from an AI model should not be allowed in general as it goes against the spirit of puzzling.
(Note this is more general, I think the use of ChatGPT in the linked question is fine and would fall under 'exceptions' below)
Why AI answers go against the nature of PSE
When we boil it down, the true nature of this site is for users to create puzzles for others to solve. While the quickest answer is rewarded with a checkmark, the purpose of setting the puzzle is not to get the quickest answer, but to challenge another human being with your creation.
Using AI to solve a puzzle, and then just copying and pasting the answer, takes away all the human aspect of puzzling, and defies the purpose of setting the puzzle in the first place. Puzzle setters aren't trying to create something that is difficult for an AI to solve, but for another human.
It may sometime be appropriate to use AI to either help with, or indeed answer, a question. Not every question on PSE is a typical puzzle, and there are other question types where it would be completely appropriate to use AI.
Such examples might be the linked question, where the user is just looking for a list of answers to a problem, or where a user is stuck on a puzzle, such as a Sudoku or wooden block game, and can't find the next step, in which case it is already common practice to research how to help.
It may also be appropriate to use it for research, similar to how a normal search engine would be used, to help deduce a part of the puzzle. From my experience of ChatGPT, it already can give better and more useful information to certain questions than a normal google search.
How can we know?
At the end of the day, it won't be possible to know if AI has been used to solve the puzzle, so any ban won't be able to be enforced.
Stack Overflow have already banned ChatGPT answers for coding questions, more on the basis that it can generate wrong information, and the issue of enforcement has been brought up there too.
This is an issue that already affects PSE however, so there will be little difference. There is no way to know whether a user has 'cheated' to solve your puzzle, by using online tools or code to answer the question.
Does it matter too much?
Right now, AI will struggle to solve the majority of puzzles on the site anyway.
It is possible to potentially solve short letter and number games, but good luck asking it to approach the door...
AI will obviously see some major improvements, and its capabilities will increase drastically - but I still don't see it being able to solve a lot of the current puzzles on the site anyway.
There is also the fact that the vast majority of users wouldn't want to use AI to solve a puzzle anyway. They are here for fun, for a challenge, and at the end of the day cheating with AI for a couple of extra internet points is not really worth it.
AI answers should be banned, or at least heavily discouraged, unless it is an appropriate scenario. This won't be enforceable, but for the most part it won't need to be - few users will want to use it to cheat and it (at least currently) won't be capable of solving the majority of puzzles on the site.
Well I think if you couldn't use AI then using Google search is out. Also no auto correct for spelling or grammar. That doesn't seem reasonable.
What is the purpose? The fear is that it spoils it for other people. Surely that is already against the spirit if what we are doing here and there are other rules against it.
ChatGPT might challenge us to come up with more original puzzles as essentially all it does is mash together stuff it's already read.