bumpski - 8:35 pm on Apr 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
The purpose of the post was to alert Adsense webmasters that they may, unknowingly, be altering the Adsense code. A more appropriate title for the post might have been:
Are you unknowingly breaking the Adsense Terms?
Both mod_pagespeed, and Drupal jQuery LazyLoad, are altering the Adsense code. Webmasters have expressed concern at the Drupal site:
[drupal.org...] The resolution to this Drupal issue was to post a warning notice to webmasters that using LazyLoad may break the Adsense Terms and Conditions. Unfortunate webmasters may discover too late that their Adsense code has been altered without their knowledge!
It's clear, over time, that Media Bot is very very forgiving. It's also apparent that, without "express..." permission, many sites have altered the adsense code; however Adsense ads still render. It appears the Adsense staff only pursue blatant alterations of the code and its execution. BUT, the terms are quite concise:
Therefore, I assume mod_pagespeed hasn't done anything they disapprove of or those ads would no longer function.
The terms are also quite concise that "some" may have be given express authorization to alter the code. As a webmaster, I might be very concerned about losing Google Adsense "privileges" if the code were altered in anyway that could be construed as breaking the Adsense T&C's, frequently referred to as the TOS.
You seem to have a competitive advantage, as do the premium publishers, but, I'm not quite sure why "I" needed to know this? Clarification? Again the T&C's specify that there may be "expressly authorized" exceptions out there.