netmeg - 3:15 pm on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's an informational site that makes money exclusively by selling ad space yet pushing no product of its own that makes this anti-ad stand controversial. It sounds like an entire class of sites has became outlawed overnight.
Most of my sites are like this, and none of them have been outlawed. I do have ads above the fold, but generally it's a single 468x60 (or a link unit), surrounded by a lot of content. And I have other ads, but they're mostly below the fold. And it still earns, and it doesn't look too MFA and apparently (so far) Google is okay with that.
If you *must* put one or two large ads above the fold in order to meet your goals, then that's fine if it works for you, but Google has been pretty clear it doesn't work for them. And a lot of users feel that way too.
Me, I'd see if I could find another way.