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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    eagerly awaiting an answer bcoz i might be off to some place without my laptop soon :)
    – MozenRath
    Feb 10, 2012 at 17:14

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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.

  • I don't think a person who actually cares about the rep on site would aim at abusing this for badge acquisition. I mean installing an app just for the sake for rep is a bit far fetched.
    – MozenRath
    Feb 10, 2012 at 18:40
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    @MozenRath - people are constantly trying to game view count (of all things), so I'm fairly confident gaming badges would be a little more widespread than you suspect. Feb 10, 2012 at 18:47
  • I agree. Far fetched indeed. However, having gotten close to 100 visits and then having a 'visited' day not count because of a reason I found myself thinking the same thing: "would an automatic api script get me past the fanatic badge". So, thanks for the question and answer. Dec 11, 2016 at 20:03

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