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This user looks a little suspicious. Just 1 rep, no questions, no answers, and a fanatic badge. Pretty sure it won't pass the "I'm a human" test.

Yet another edit : I don't know whether it's a bot or a real user. It looked strange to me and thus I pointed it out. I don't know enough about website security to even try to figure out what a user bot could do. As Grace commented, even if it were a bot, it's not a real concern. Also, as Nick showed me, it's most probably a real user. Case closed.

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The description of the badge says "Visited the site each day for 100 consecutive days." This user has been a member for over a year, and visited the site for 110 consecutive days. –  Robert Harvey Jun 7 '11 at 16:35
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I know the rule, I just wanted to point out the user so you can take a look at it. –  Aleadam Jun 7 '11 at 16:38
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Doesn't matter, it passed the rules. Besides, anyone who's so desperate as to program a bot to earn a small little gold circle on a website is a fanatic. –  waiwai933 Jun 7 '11 at 16:41
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Bots like badges, too. Give google a badge or two and you might see page rankings increase. –  Anthony Pegram Jun 7 '11 at 16:43
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@waiwai I could not care less about the badge that "user" earned let him have it! I just don't understand why somebody would make such bot, and raised the concern, that's it. –  Aleadam Jun 7 '11 at 16:46
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I'm now wondering here, how did you even find that username if there are zero answers and questions posted with it? –  mario Jun 7 '11 at 16:47
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@mario I was curious and looked who had the badge here: stackoverflow.com/badges/83/fanatic . You can see one user with rep 1, so I clicked to see the profile. –  Aleadam Jun 7 '11 at 16:49
    
But if you're not concerned about a bot, then what's the problem here? –  waiwai933 Jun 7 '11 at 16:50
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That's not the only one. But I don't really think it's a problem or anything to be concerned about, myself. –  Grace Note Jun 7 '11 at 16:51
    
@Grace good to know. –  Aleadam Jun 7 '11 at 16:55
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Is the Eeeek! necessary? Overusing it Weeeaken it. –  DavRob60 Jun 7 '11 at 17:16
    
@meta.DavRob60 it was not my first title. I used it to clarify that this was not another "what's a fanatic badge" queeeestion. –  Aleadam Jun 7 '11 at 17:39
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related: parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/1800/… –  balpha Jun 7 '11 at 17:53
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He replied to Robert Harvey's probe question. I'm satisfied that he's just a lurker and not a bot. –  Bill the Lizard Jun 7 '11 at 18:21
    
I cannot stop thinking of this: youtube.com/watch?v=B1BdQcJ2ZYY –  Geoff Dalgas Jun 7 '11 at 18:29

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I think that there are some bad assumptions here, quiet users != bots. Both the user in the question and in Grace's comment are legitimate (if quiet) human users.

Their browsing/hit patterns and usage show this, for example the user in the question likes to browse around favorite quite a bit.

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Eeek! My robot is addicted to SO and now shows preferences! The robot revolution can't be far away now. –  sarnold Jun 7 '11 at 23:52

What makes you so sure that user is a bot? Just because they didn't ask or answer questions doesn't mean they aren't reading or learning from questions and answers. Maybe they just like to observe. Notice that they have in fact marked a number of favorites.

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