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Supposing I knock up a quick Python script that uses Py-StackExchange (or similar) to visit stackoverflow, retrieve a recent question, etc.; and then run a cron job to do this a couple of times a day... is this a quick way to upping my consecutive days visit count, or would the counter not be updated by the visits made via the API?

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Given that the API is not connected to your user account in any way, I don't see how it would...

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+ yes, the answer is 'no'. –  Sky Sanders Jul 5 '10 at 9:36
OK, I saw a reference to StackAuth and assumed that was a way to authenticate yourself with StackApi. –  Vicky Jul 5 '10 at 11:17
@Vicky: StackAuth is way to find Stack Exchange sites and their corresponding API URLs (among a few other things). It's useful if you're building an app that works with all SE sites. –  codeka Jul 6 '10 at 1:35
OK, thank you! –  Vicky Jul 7 '10 at 12:01

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