Feature Request: Ability to Temporarily Pause API Keys

Dear OpenAI Team,

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to suggest a feature that I believe would greatly benefit users of the OpenAI API, particularly those who require flexibility in managing their API usage.

Feature Request: The feature I propose is the ability to temporarily pause an API key. This functionality would allow users to temporarily disable their API key, effectively preventing any further API calls from being made using that key. The paused state should be easily reversible, allowing the user to reactivate the API key when needed, perhaps with a simple button or switch in the user dashboard.

Use Case Scenarios:

  1. Cost Management: For individuals or organizations on a tight budget, this feature would enable better control over API usage costs, especially during periods of inactivity.
  2. Security Measures: In scenarios where an API key might be compromised, the ability to quickly pause the key can provide an immediate security measure while investigating the issue.
  3. Project-Based Usage: For users who work on a project basis, pausing an API key between projects could provide a streamlined way to manage API access.

Implementation Suggestions:

  • A simple toggle in the user dashboard to pause/reactivate the API key.
  • An option to set a date/time for automatic reactivation.

I believe this feature would add significant value to the OpenAI platform by providing users with greater control and flexibility over their API usage. It would be particularly useful for managing costs, enhancing security, and accommodating varied project schedules.

I appreciate your consideration of this suggestion and would be interested to hear if such a feature could be integrated into the OpenAI API in the future. Thank you for continuously improving the user experience and for your dedication to innovation.

Best regards,