Hi Anash,

thanks for your response. Just as an addendum, there are already fields 
that are formatted as empty in CSV reports (meaning just two commas in a 
row) when they are not set—"CreativeDestinationUrl" is an example. So there 
seems to be a certain inconsistency.

Best regards,
Dorian

On Monday, October 17, 2016 at 9:22:00 PM UTC+2, Anash P. Oommen (AdWords 
API Team) wrote:
>
> Hi Dorian,
>
> Thanks for reporting, I'll ask the reporting team to take a look.
>
> Cheers,
> Anash P. Oommen,
> AdWords API Advisor.
>
> On Monday, October 17, 2016 at 12:51:38 PM UTC-4, Dorian Kind wrote:
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> 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,
>> Dorian
>>
>

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