I wish to access the API from a purely internal application; no visible app to the public, no promotion, no OAuth. That seems impossible via the key registration form; am I missing something?

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Not only is that possible, but we do it all the time.

It is only when you want to access private_info or write to the site that you need OAuth and a public post here.

See, also: My app has to be published first? But it's still under development

If you do need OAuth, your app/script post here does not have to link to your domain (if any). So the public need not know anything other than that you have an app.

But beware that there has been a backlash against stagnant or malformed app/script listings.

Finally, if you do not need OAuth, and you make less than 300 API calls per day, per IP address, then you do not need to register your app at all.
The first and biggest benefit of registration is the increased quota.

  • So I add a key= to the request to pass along the key, and I get the quota?
    – bmargulies
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 20:14
  • Yes​‌​‌​‌​‌​‌​‌. Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 20:34

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