The foolproof answer to this question is another question: Do the rules outlaw them? And the answer to that: No. It is not against the rules to use word generators on Words With Friends. If you think it is, you’ve apparently be using the rules from some other game like Scrabble, and trying to say they apply to other games. This whole time, you’ve been thinking you were playing one game, but everyone else has been playing by the actual rules of the game, not the ones you just made up and turned crybaby when the rules you pulled from thin air, aren’t obeyed.
Words With Friends is not Scrabble. Get that through your head. Scrabble rules do not apply here, even if some of them are similar. If you want to play Scrabble, go find a Scrabble game somewhere, or some other nincompoops who don’t use word generators as if that were some “real” way to play this entirely different game.
The rules you played with some vaguely similar game growing up has no bearing on this game.
When you play H-O-R-S-E with a basketball and a net, you use one set of rules that apply to H-O-R-S-E. When you play regular basketball, you use rules that pertain to regular basketball. You might be still using a basketball and a net, but it’s not the same game. Don’t say I’m a cheater for not obeying the rules of basketball, when we’re playing H-O-R-S-E.
Words With Friends is not Scrabble. Stop insisting that people who use word generators to play Words With Friends are cheaters. People who refuse to use word generators are the ones who are unnecessarily handicapping themselves for no rational reason, and are being unnecessarily uppity by insisting that people who use them are cheaters.
If you want to play the game with only keeping one eye open because that’s fun to you, be my guest. If you want to play the game while balancing a book on your head because that’s how you were taught to play a completely different game when you were growing up, by all means, go for it. But don’t you for one instant call me a cheater for using a word generator. You have the same option to use them as I do.