Now that the Stack Exchange API offers user authentication via OAuth 2.0, if a user accesses a Stack Exchange site via the API, does the access count towards the Fanatic and Enthusiast badges?
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No, API access does not count towards any badge progress. This is true for versions 1.x and 2.0 (all that exist at time of writing).
While I suppose we could change this in a future release, I very much doubt we ever will as it's so trivial to abuse.