Thanks for reporting, I'll ask the reporting team to take a look.
Anash P. Oommen,
AdWords API Advisor.
On Monday, October 17, 2016 at 12:51:38 PM UTC-4, Dorian Kind wrote:
> I just noticed that with ETAs, the path1 and path2 fields are optional—you
> can create an ad without either of these two fields set. This is in
> contrast to the previously used text ads, where every field is required.
> This has an interesting effect, as the CSV reports show unset path fields
> as " --" (a space and two hyphens)—but you can also set either path field
> to consist of two hyphens, which also causes the field in the report to
> show a space and two hyphens.
> This means that theoretically, you can't tell from a CSV report whether a
> path field of an expanded text ad is really empty or has been set as "--".
> Here's an actual CSV report from a test account:
> Path 1,Path 2,Headline 1,Headline 2,Description
> --, --,Headline 1,Headline 2,Empty path fields.
> --, --,Headline 1,Headline 2,"Path fields set to ""--""."
> Total, --, --, --, --
> Now I freely admit that this is a contrived scenario, but I wonder whether
> it would be possible to leave the field empty instead of using " --".
> Seeing as " --" usually means "Not applicable" in the CSV reports (it's
> mainly used if a metric doesn't have a meaningful aggregate in the totals
> line, for example), I feel a clear distinction would be helpful.
> Any thoughts on this matter?
> Best regards,
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