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Can using my personal WordPress API key for public use harm me

 4:46 am on Sep 10, 2009 (gmt 0)


I have installed WordPress Multi-User on my site.

Every time, when I have to create a new blog for a new user, it asks for an API key.

Till yet, I have been putting in my personal API key, obtained from my personal account on wordpress(dot)com.

Can doing this be detrimental for me in any way?



 5:01 am on Sep 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

I don't think so, but if you will be making over $500/month off the network, you need a problogger or enterprise API key

Source: [akismet.com...]


Can I use the same API key on multiple blogs?
Just like with Akismet, you're welcome to use the same API key on multiple blogs. In fact our interface is optimized for quickly switching between stats for multiple blogs.

Source: [wordpress.org...]

Does Akismet work for WordPress MU

Source: [akismet.com...]


 5:22 am on Sep 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Actually, this has come up on the WPMU forum and the question gets answered by Matt, user 1 (i.e. Matt Mullenweg), so I guess that's definitive, but it's alos 3 years old, so...


The Akismet plugin works out of the box with MU, you can let users enter their API key and you have no problems.

If you hard-code an API key for all your blogs the system will flag you and unless you already had permission from me you'll be permanently blocked.


 5:27 am on Sep 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the suggestions ergophobe :)

But, how would Akismet (or others for that matter) know that I am making X money from my blog?

Another question: What is the primary function of the API key, is it to provide stats for WP or to collaborate with Akismet for protection against spam?


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