At that time we were using the \*bot and bot*\ method and checking the raw access logs to see why the awstats counts for these bots kept rising. Why would the counts on awstats for bot* and *bot keep rising while the other bot counts have stopped? The count for bot* as of Oct 19 1:32 pm is 695+119, which is higher than all the previous counts:
236+25, 305+31, 323+34, 363+40, 379+43, 394+50, 513+69, 655+108
So the reason why I thought bot* and *bot weren't being blocked was the awstats counts for bot* and *bot kept rising, while counts for the other bad bots stopped rising. If they were being blocked with that method why did the awstats counts for bot* and *bot continue to rise?