Yes; as a non-monetized YouTuber, I'd expect you would be at that.Ultimately, I think YouTube is trying to get rid of the vast majority of monetized channels. The worst thing they ever did was allow mass monetization in the first place. YouTube was always about people uploading cat videos and the like. Now it's all about money. It's killed the platform. I've seen people suggest that YouTube might be trying to get down to between 100,000 and 500,000 monetized channels and everyone else won't be.
And I'd be fine with that.
I agree with you on the mistake of opening the Partner Programme to all comers, by the way. I myself go back to the time it was invitation only, and I got invites for nearly every channel I ran at the time.
I don't think they are trying to get down to between 100,000 and 500,000 partnered channels, though. I think the ultimate intention is to close the Partner Programme altogether.
Then YouTube will be free to persue elimination of user-generated content in its entirety. It's my personal belief that YouTube has somehow gotten the wrong-headed notion that it can be the next Netflix or HULU; but as all the best spots in that platform genre are already firmly taken, Google is about to sink the YouTube "ship" if it dares to try entering this market.