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If only one ad is available, the skyscraper should shrink down so that it does not display blank white space.
And if there are no ads available, the code could shrink down to just one non-clickable line.
This would address the big blank problem.
Since we are not supposed to mess with the code, is there a way to suggest this to Google?
Any other way to approach this issue?
So, if what I described should be happening, it's not happening for me.
I never saw collapsing/expanding skyscrapers though. They've always showed either ads or ads plus blank space, and they've always been the same size.
And if they are only going to show public service ads on a page, then there should be an option for it to collapse and not be visible.
That way when/if the page begins to show ads, they could then expand to show the available ads.
How would I go about suggesting this idea to Google? GG, do you read this forum?
Before that change, the skyscrapers were indeed collapsable, showing just the number of boxes needed. Looked very nice on a contrasting background, and I was designing new changes around that look, but now the empty boxes just look silly.
Since the change is within the code they produce at runtime there's nothing we can do to alter it, which is why I asked for the option to keep it as it was. Still no reply though, must be very backlogged on adsense support.
Maybe it depends on your specific design how noticable it was, with a really contrasty background the smaller frame for 1-3 ads looked nice.
To clarify: the iframe probably was occupying the space for 4 ads - I had nothing below - but the unused spaces were not visible, i.e. transparent and no border.