Here' s what happened:
I've had my youtube account since 2007. It's packed full of marketing advice and supporting videos showing how I do what I do online.
A couple of days ago it got shut down. The email from youtube said I'd been spamming, and my channel was inappropriate for children.
I took action, and put up a blog post and invited my community to chime in with a comment letting youtube know what they thought of the decision.
Those comments are almost certainly what saved my account. Earlier today, youtube reinstated the account. They didn't tell me why, but in the appeal request I sent to Google, the only request I made was that they please take a moment to review that blog post and reconsider.
It's a scary thing losing your youtube account with over a million views, but this story has a good ending. It demonstrates the power of "community".
I don't want to be accused of self promotion here, so I'll let you find the blog post on your own if you want all the nitty/gritty details. Maybe someone else can post a link to it if this thread gets popular.
Today I faced down the giant that is GOOGLE - with my community next to me...and we won.