Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*
Yes, moving the goalposts at this point has just widened the gap between the currently successful and those who are almost/want to be successful.
To be honest I've never seen my YouTube account as anything other than an online video depository for random videos I want to share with maybe a few individuals, I have no interest in turning myself into a brand / 'personality' and think the whole situation of people (generally young) desparately trying to build up a following is quite amusing.
The thing I've observed from various channels I frequent (tech stuff such as EEV Blog, AvE, Techmoan, multirotor reviewers/educators etc.) is that the successful ones have seen the decline of YouTube ad revenue coming from a mile off so they're on the Patreon platform which for some is generating them more money direct from subscribers than advertisers on YouTube, in fact one multirotor guy recently quit his job and is doing YouTube / Patreon full time now.