While lurking Tip.It's forums for a long time, there have been many botting threads which didn't make since so I believe it's time to shed some light on the topic. To get this info I visited one of the 3 main botting websites(this one was the smallest). Here's a list of information I found.
Dungeoneering can be botted. The main script is used by over 100,000 people and the paid version is used by over 20,000. In the best progress report, the guy was getting over 90k exp/hr. The maker of the both bots claims that they are 100% safe to use as you won't be reported. The creator of the paid bot claims to have almost reached 120 dungeoneering 100% botted.
Minigames can be botted. There are Mobilizing Armies bots, Castle Wars bots, FoG bots, Soul Wars bots, Pest Control bots, Livid Farming bots, GOP bots, Warrior's Guild bots, Magic Training arena bots, Fight Caves bots(not sure if it did Jad for you, couldn't find enough info), Barrows bots, Sorceress Garden, and to finish it off they even have a few bots that farms kills for the tier 6 duel/pk hats. All of these bots have a significant # of users.
EVERY SINGLE SKILL is botted, slayer/dung included.
There are frost dragon bots. The main PAID bot has 2,000+ users.
This bot site's forums have more active users than RuneScape's home website.
RuneScape's home website forums only have 587 active users as I'm currently posting this. This was probably the most amazing thing I've found. Also
There are currently 2042 users online. 1304 members and 729 guests.
Keep in mind this is the statistics of ONE site. This is actually smaller one compared to the other two main sites. Keep in mind these are just facts to raise awareness of the amount of users using bots.
Main point of why this is important(quoted by Six FootOne)
People complain about botting because this activity in the game will shorten the lifespan of runescape. Eventually all new players will just be competing with bots, and do one 2 things. Join in the botting, and soon realize they are not even playing the game and quit, or quit because they can't compete. People play to show off. That's why skill capes were so game changing. It's always been about bragging. Go back to the old arcade days of video games and look at the highscores. People sat in arcades trying to get a highscore so their name would be imprinted on some machine. Sure some play for themselves but i don't think that minority would replace the loss of player who like to show off. All the people that care for their personal achievements will quit, and then everyone else botting their personal achievements will realize it doesn't even matter anymore. I am not trying to be a doomsayer and claim rs will end soon. But i think it's pretty clear that having a HUGE botting problem like this will ruin the community and the game. Especially when you mention botting problems in other games, just look at silk road.
I don't think turning a blind eye on botting would be doing you any good either. It's like watching your neighborhood fall apart. You can sit there and ignore the problems, but after a while you will release where you live is a waste land and it's time to move. And i do understand no one wants to see a new bot thread every week, but i think it's better people talk about it in the open rather than having an elephant in the room. So while it may be true what we say has no merit to Jagex, excuse us for trying.
A note from the Moderation staff:
Following the feedback on this thread where the staff asked the userbase how threads about botting would be handled in the GD area, the concensus was to leave it unpinned and just direct other botting threads here. This is the approach we have since taken, and have repeatedly directed users who have made other threads about botting to this one. If you do not see these threads, it's because after a few days of being locked (giving both the readers and the topic creator ample time to realize where they should be posting) they are then removed from the index to leave GD as uncluttered as possible.
So please, feel free to use this thread for discussing botting matters. PM a member of the Moderation staff if you have any questions or suggestions--this change was brought about by listening to user feedback, so don't feel like we've stopped listening just because we're putting it into practice.