Recently, I was on a forum which the only reason I was registering was to review their features. I tend to do that from time to time which allows me to learn about forums more in-depth. Normally, I use my own email address to register on these forums, but because of the material and how I did not want to associate myself with it, I decided to use a temporary email address (or disposable email address). This allowed me to easily register and not worry about any backtrack.
I didn’t think twice about this, but it wasn’t until a few actual events occurred that I had to reconsider this whole idea of temporary email addresses. The first event was a troll account that tried to get the better of a forum I’m apart of. When I deal with this, I usually look up the email and ip address and ban them both. This time though, they were using a proxy and a temporary email. The second was the spam attack on XenForo and Admin-Talk (and probably other XenForo forums). While they didn’t use a temporary email address, the ability to use one to hide yourself alongside a proxy is way too easy.
This in mind, I thought I’d take some action to slow down the pace of possible shenanigans. I took a few minutes and looked up many, many sites on Google for multiple different keywords. Any site that provided an email address without having to sign-up, they were added to the list. I was amazed how long this list became, but then thought of all the connections I cut from any potential issue. Once done, I shared the list on every administrator forum on the front page of Google (excluding 3 – one wasn’t for forum admins, one was definitely not active, and one had Akismet filter which didn’t allow this list). As I am a fan of sharing most of my good will and things that can only help your forum/website, I decided to share it with you.