As more than 95% of the new submissions made in the past year were made using the online submission form instead of bots scanning forums, we decided to drop support for the bot scanning as of 1 Octobre 2009. This will free up a lot of resources so we can improve hwbot development for new features instead of patching the bot.
The bot functionality will not be removed completely, only the scanning feature will be removed. Your forum members will no longer be able to make submissions using the [hwbot][/hwbot] tags, but the bot will still be able to post an up to date ranking in a specified forum post. We will focus our effort in making this process easier and try to support more forums.