Playground Clones for Research?

The user agreement states that anything with playground-like capabilities is a no-go for end-users without an API key … but what about research endeavors wherein undergrad lab assistants would be using it?

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You answered your own question.

I guess it depends on the definition of “end-user”. It probably would be fine if end-user was defined as either a paying user for some product or a product used to acquire customers.
Either way, if we register a new API key for each assistant, that shouldn’t be a problem, right?

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Just have them all make accounts and add them to your organization, then they’ll make their own API key.

Edit: Here’s more information,


I have reviewed multiple documents at Terms & policies and can find no mention of “you can’t make anything as useful as the playground”, or “users shall not make the AI think it said it was a princess”.

OpenAI obviously doesn’t like what they don’t like, with shadow policies of deleting chat shares, banning ChatGPT accounts, and banning API accounts with signs of use on known-bad personality jailbreak sites.

It is rather that you should be providing those services as end-user products and not be accepting and employing other’s API keys. You take the risk if you don’t moderate and have adequate safeguards.

Consider your adversary that can turn this:


into this:

(and that’s on a closed domain site that’s supposed to be a search engine)

@thomas.wright Have you tried Knit? You don’t need an API key and it provides a similar playground with more features, especially for teams. It’s free to try.