Last weekend, we reported that OpenAI has significantly reduced the GPT-4 quota for ChatGPT Plus subscribers. Originally, subscribers were able to ask 100 questions every 4 hours, but this was reduced to 50 questions every 4 hours and then to 25 questions every 3 hours. Yes, if you choose the GPT-4 mode, you can only ask 25 questions every 3 hours.
This drastic reduction in quota is likely due to the high workload on OpenAI’s servers. At the time, we claimed that OpenAI was raking in the money, but they didn’t expect the situation to become even more intense.
Today, the ChatGPT Plus subscription plan has been temporarily suspended. When users try to upgrade to Plus, they receive a message saying “Due to high demand, we’ve temporarily paused upgrades.”
This indicates that a large number of users are lining up to give OpenAI their money, but even with people actively wanting to pay, the service is unable to accommodate the demand. It’s undeniable that ChatGPT has become incredibly popular.
Currently, OpenAI has not released an official statement on their blog. However, last night, ChatGPT, ChatGPT Plus, and the OpenAI API all experienced downtime. Moreover, the free version of ChatGPT has frequently encountered high load wait times over the past few days, suggesting that OpenAI’s servers are indeed under immense strain.