Continuous gpt3 api 500 error: The server had an error while processing your request. Sorry about that!

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This thread is centered around a recurring error (“openai.error.APIError: The server had an error while processing your request. Sorry about that!”) users are encountering while using the OpenAI API.

Initially, austintm20 kicks off the discussion, detailing their use of a Python script that successfully summarizes a couple of long text strings before crashing and throwing an error.

Echoing austintm20’s concern, rankoneads claims to have had the same problem persist regardless of the platform and it’s still ongoing. They also shared the “500 server error” message.

Meanwhile, ruby_coder suggests this might be due to the overloaded demands on the API since it’s still BETA. They recommend implementing delays in your loops to ease the pressure on the API and prevent errors. They also shared detailed ruby code that queries a DB for completion entries which fails without a delay, and a snippet of a function’s behavior during fine-tuning the model.

ilya offers a solution to the error, incorporating two libraries, ‘ratelimiter’ and ‘retrying’ for a more gentle request frequency, and shared the Python code of the implementation.

Some users have reported similar types of errors on paid plans smdever, info27, and nelson, with some introducing retry mechanisms to solve it raymonddavey.

Others like nav94 report interchanging ‘Quota exceeded’ messages with the 500 errors, while vinidanjos humorously uses the ‘curie model’ to interrogate why the ‘davinci model’ isn’t working, and zelezna.noga shares a unique error message (“Raw error for the API ESOCKETTIMEDOUT”).

Summarized with AI on Dec 2 2023
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