I cant seem to find much info on the “system” message in the openai docs so if anyone has a link to it, please share. I’ve searched all the various phrases I can think of.
Question: I am new to openai so this may be a dumb question, but does the “system” message do anything for the pre-GPT models (Davinci, etc) or is it only really useful for GPT?
there are no “pre-GPT” models, everything is GPT.
You probably mean “chat gpt”, and yes, the roles (user/assistant/system) are only used with the chat models.
@nunodonato - Thank you for the correction and the answer!
In your case your probably looking more in the direction of Fine-tuning, OpenAI API this would be the option to influence the output generated by Davinci etc., but is a bit more complicated.
regarding documentation: OpenAI API (Refer to the section “Instructing chat models” - it is a bit thin but gives you the overview on how to give instructions.
Here are some examples on how this can work out: