I think that is incorrect. Do you have a link to the official rules saying this cannot be done? OpenAI states:
“Do not share your API key with others, or expose it in the browser or other client-side code. In order to protect the security of your account, OpenAI may also automatically rotate any API key that we’ve found has leaked publicly.”
It seems like OpenAI may allow adding API keys but on the server side.
" Use a Key Management Service
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Thank you for sharing the posts! This makes things more clear. I think OpenAI should definitely have an auth feature otherwise we have to implement complicated custom logins and payment systems in order to allow users to make API requests. The name is “OpenAI” but everything is built around money and profit! They have NO solutions for people who want to make simple and free to use apps. Yes, AI is expensive and we must pay to use it but OpenAI can handle the transactions through bring your own key or an auth feature. Devs should not have to integrate payments in custom apps.