It's not the first time I noticed that.

Users with the consecutive visit badges but no activity at all on the website

See this user: https://magento.stackexchange.com/users/36497/raju?tab=activity

Are those bots ?

  • He earned "Fanatic" Badge, its really need lot & lotttt of dedication to earn that badge :-) As he earned 101 reputation, i guess he may be a regular member of other stackexchnage site. Jun 23, 2016 at 5:35
  • I think for Fanatic badge activity is not necessary. Jun 23, 2016 at 7:13
  • Im pretty sure you have to browse questions and be a little bit active to get the badge I'm pretty sure opening the website and not doing anything won't get you the badge Jun 23, 2016 at 7:18
  • @RaphaelatDigitalPianism I'm pretty sure opening the website will do that. Jun 23, 2016 at 8:06
  • @QaisarSatti nope it doesn't, I'm 90% sure you have to browse questions to be considered as active. Simply opening the website would not work Jun 23, 2016 at 8:07
  • @RaphaelatDigitalPianism Visit the site each day for 100 consecutive days. Jun 23, 2016 at 8:09
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    @QaisarSatti meta.stackexchange.com/questions/66482/… 'login pages, along with a number of other homepage style pages, don't count as "access" ' Jun 23, 2016 at 8:12
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    stackoverflow.com/users/5832518/raju -- that's his profile on Stack Overflow Jun 28, 2016 at 11:25
  • @RaphaelatDigitalPianism already opening and visiting counts for fanatic. There is no additional activity needed. i already had 75+ days but "lost" a day, so i had to "restart". Hopefully i won't miss a day in the next 6-7 days :)
    – Michael
    Jun 28, 2016 at 20:16

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The user has 101 points and a fanatic badge on 143 SE websites (has a few more points on some of them). I guess he has a script that opens automatically 2 or 3 pages each day on each website. Or maybe he does it manually? but I doubt it.
I can definitely say he's not a bot.
Here is one of his answers from meta.stackexchange.com

  • You say, "I guess he has a script that opens automatically 2 or 3 pages", but then say "I can definitely say he's not a bot". What is your definition of a bot? At the very least you suggest he's partly using the account as a bot, correct?
    – Goose
    Jun 27, 2016 at 13:54
  • You can use scripts and still be a person. This could be as simple as an auto-refresh browser plugin.
    – Ryan Hoerr
    Jun 27, 2016 at 13:55
  • He may be a person, but doesn't having a script running for badge considered fraud and thus make him liable to a ban? Jun 28, 2016 at 8:07
  • @JulienLachal. It's not moral, but it's not illegal either. I will not ban a user just for this. He is not banned on the other 143 websites either.
    – Marius Mod
    Jun 28, 2016 at 8:11
  • Would he have earned vote-related badge using the same method, would you still not ban him? Jun 28, 2016 at 8:13
  • because he earned a badge, no...because of fraudulent points, yes.
    – Marius Mod
    Jun 28, 2016 at 8:23

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