Hi OGS team & everyone!
I would like to see the AI feature being off by default instead of automatically on.
Another wish is to have a teaching game mode that would let me have control of that.
Note: Most of the game reviews I do are not games I played, so adding a ‘Teaching Game’ mode alone does not solve things, but is another nice-to-have
I teach Go almost every day now as my career and students tell me they’re seeing AI suggestions in our reviews. Here are some cons and reasons I think it should not be enabled by default:
- It clutters up the board when it’s not specifically wanted, and a surprising number of OGS users (not just new users) don’t even know about the right-side menu that pops out on hover, which is where many options are, including the option to turn off AI.
- Those specifically looking to turn AI on will figure out how to do so.
- It hinders the teaching process; not only does it make the board look chaotic and overwhelming, I’ve had students mistaking AI suggestions (eg. blue move) for something I’m trying to show them, thinking I’m making that move blue, meanwhile I didn’t even know they were seeing AI stuff.
- It hinders the teaching process (continued); AI suggestions conflict with what is being shown and suggested by a teacher, which hinders the lesson. Students who don’t understand the whole situation surrounding AI may take it to mean they’re being taught wrong things. Furthermore, when AI is on, the answers to the teacher’s questions for the student will be shown by AI, as well as which moves are bad. This massively hinders the teaching process and makes it harder for students to think of their own ideas.
For my situation this is actually a pretty urgent problem. I don’t want to switch to KGS. Games for the league I run, BenKyo League, are played on OGS and doing them there is quite convenient. I also really love some of OGS’s features such as the pen tool for teaching.
Update (2024-01-14): I hope my “don’t want to switch to KGS” comment doesn’t sound like some sort of passive-aggressive threat, not intended
Please support this request if you agree! I believe other Go teachers in the community would appreciate that as well.