Why I Just Blocked You

And One Genius Tip for Spotting the AI Bots on Medium

Annie Trevaskis

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Photo of a smartphone with the title “Introducing Chat GPT” on the screen. In the background is a folder with an article headed “Artificial Intelligence”.
Photo by Sanket Mishra: on pexels.com. Thanks Sanket.

We all know they are here. We know Medium is getting inundated with AI-generated content.

How good are you at spotting it? I’m going to give you one tip that will help. Soon. Very soon. But first . . .

Did you know that Medium is not against AI content? I think it quite likes it, to be honest. The more articles, the more to read, the more money and all that. But the rules are clear: “We require that any story incorporating AI assistance be clearly labelled as such.”

I have reached out to the Medium helpdesk and asked if they could let us have a new button to report AI-generated content. I know I COULD hit the “Rules violation” button, but I want them to be sure exactly which violation I am reporting. The response was less than I had hoped for:

we don’t take any automatic actions against detected or suspected AI content, because there is no reliable system that is free of false positives.

So far, I haven’t found a single AI-generated article that has played by the rules and labelled the content correctly. So it is up to us.

The Genius Tip

The easiest, least time-consuming way to spot a Bot is in your comments section. The Bot will sound human but will precis your article.

Let me give you an example. I published a story yesterday entitled: “What to Do When Your Granny Says She Doesn’t Want Anything for Christmas”.

Here is a Bot response:

Annie, your insight into gift-giving for older loved ones is heartwarming and practical. Focusing on cherished memories rather than material possessions is a beautiful idea. Your son’s thoughtful gesture of sharing happy childhood memories is a reminder that the best gifts often come from the heart. Thanks for sharing this meaningful perspective!

You won’t be able to find it in my response column now, because I have blocked the Bot.

The advantage of spotting and blocking them in the comments section is that you don’t have to gift them a single cent by reading their work to check.

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Annie Trevaskis

I came, I wrote, I conquered. That last bit might not be true, but at least I am putting up a good fight.