On Sunday, March 1st, YouTube emailed me the following information:
We'd like to inform you that due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines (http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines) your YouTube account WikiGameGuides has been suspended. After review we determined that activity in your account violated our Community Guidelines, which prohibit spam, scams or commercially deceptive content (https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2801973?hl=en). Please be aware that you are prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other YouTube accounts. For more information about account terminations and how our Community Guidelines are enforced, please visit our Help Center at https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2802168?hl=en.
Yup, that's all YouTube sent me. Nothing specific about what I did wrong, or which video violated their community guidelines, or anything. Only that brief, zero substance message.
WikiGameGuides/NextGenWalkthroughs has been posting videos to YouTube for nearly nine years. We have had strikes in the past, but every single strike has been rescinded. To have my entire account taken offline with zero explanation is completely insane.
I have contacted Maker/Polaris (my MCN), my channel manager, filed out an official appeal, and emailed YouTube’s legal department.
I fully expect my channel to be reinstated. As to how long it takes YouTube to reverse their mistake, who knows. Hopefully within a few days.
In the meantime, I will be streaming in the evenings (around 10 EST) on the WikiGameGuides Twitch.tv channel.
If you know anybody I can contact or have any info on how to expedite the review process, please email me at john(at)wikigameguides.com.