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Some of them contain constructive criticism:
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That kind of thing reminds us about trying to be good journalists every day.
We are, of course, not the only ones to benefit from such feedback and guidance.
Guardian information architect Martin Belam has written about this kind of spam in the past, which uses these inane comments to try and sneak through links for SEO purposes. Belam posted some of his own favourite spam today with some responses, and its pretty funny.
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