Early on, around 15 years ago, YouTube would send an email asking me if I wanted to partner on a specific video. I had no say on which videos. After a year or two, I became a "partner" and could monetize everything.Out of curiosity what were the monetization requirements before they bumped up to the current 1k subs/4k hours watch time?
Some time after that, YouTube allowed everybody to monetize everything without any requirements. That lead to some "bad actors" who abused the system so YT implemented minimum requirements that still exist today.