I've been using language models for various tasks, and I often find myself saying "please" and "thank you" in my requests (like many others). I'm not sure if this politeness actually makes any difference when interacting with an LLM.
Question: Does saying "please" and "thank you" to LLMs change anything?
I asked Poe.com's Assistant, who wrote:
...while there might not be any direct evidence that being polite to language models like ChatGPT has a significant impact on their responses, it's always a good idea to be courteous and respectful in your interactions with others, including AI systems.
It also suggested that some LLMs may behave differently depending on politeness:
...some LLMs may be programmed to generate more polite and helpful responses when users are polite and respectful in their requests. However, it is also possible that the effect of politeness on LLMs is negligible or non-existent.
From Poe.com's Assistant
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