I flagged this answer as AI-written (using a custom flag). The flag was rejected. I firmly believe this is not correct and that this answer (and maybe others) should be removed.

The author of this answer was inactive for a while, then suddenly posted 5 lengthy answers within only 50 minutes:

These answers follow the same pattern, and all but one are only loosely related to the question, providing generic troubleshooting steps.

So, to repeat my question again: Why was my flag rejected? Should I have flagged as something else?

  • The AI detectors are coming up with very low scores so I'm not convinced they are AI generated.
    – DavidPostill Mod
    May 29, 2023 at 16:20
  • They seem to follow a script, "The issue you're experiencing with <problem> can be related to various factors. Here are a few potential causes and suggestions to address the problem: <list>" used elsewhere, eg MS techcommunity forums, roku forums harley question on reddit
    – bertieb
    May 29, 2023 at 18:07
  • Found the smoking gun, I agree with Daniel here- I have reflagged all but the third with a link here
    – bertieb
    May 29, 2023 at 18:21
  • 5 answers in 50 minutes. That's 10 minutes per answer on average and they're rather lengthy and written in good English. Maybe a skilled writer would be able to write such answer in 10 minutes, but to do that 5 times in a row is rather impossible. Plus they follow the format that ChatGPT tends to produce.
    – gronostaj
    May 29, 2023 at 18:42
  • @gronostaj - I can't even write my own typical answer in an hour let alone submit 5 answers with little to know grammatical errors in 50 minutes. I also suspected the user was using OpenAI to answer questions here but due to the low detection rate didn't flag it.
    – Ramhound
    May 30, 2023 at 15:21

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These are likely written by ChatGPT

Smoking gun:

forum post of chatcpt

scratch forums

ChatGPT wrote: It sounds like the issue you're experiencing with Scratch reloading every time your Chromebook is turned off or accidentally shuts down could be related to a couple of different factors. Here are some potential solutions you can try:

(Underneath left for posterity)


David Postill has answered in a comment that they don't score highly on the AI detectors.

The pattern is used elsewhere

The answers seem to follow a script:

"The issue you're experiencing with <problem, restated> can be related to various factors. Here are a few potential causes and suggestions to address the problem: <list>"

On it's own, slightly iffy. However the phrasing comes up elsewhere:

MS Tech Community Forums

4 days ago

The issue you're experiencing with Outlook occasionally converting emails to plaintext and attaching a winmail.dat file can be caused by various factors. Here are some possible causes and solutions you can try:

Roku forums

December 2022

There could be a few different things causing the issue you're experiencing with your Roku players. Here are a few potential causes and troubleshooting steps you could try: Check your network connection:


23 days ago at time of writing (looking at the user profile, some AI interactions)

I'm sorry to hear about the issue you're experiencing with your Harley Davidson Low Rider S. A buzzing or clicking noise at higher RPMs could be caused by a number of different factors. Here are a few possible causes to consider:

Which raises my suspicions somewhat.

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    At the very least they are low quality spaghetti debugging. Throwing a bunch of vaguely cooked (copy) pasta at the wall and hoping something sticks.
    – Mokubai Mod
    May 29, 2023 at 20:32

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