Is anyone else concerned about using nice, otherwise usable gmail usernames for throwaway email accounts?
posted by ramenopres to MetaFilter-Related at 8:53 PM (68 comments total)
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Sorry if this has already been addressed -- I couldn't find anything in a search. Every time I see a funny, witty and non-metafilter-referential email set up as a throwaway account for an anonymous askme --like "email@example.com," for this recent question
-- I feel a quiet grief inside. That seems like an address with a lot of other great possibilities, and now it has been limited to one purpose and a lifespan only as long as the question itself. Do most people delete the accounts when the question is answered? Is it responsible internet usage to keep using generic account names from a good service like gmail, which is sort of prime email real estate (as opposed to hotmail, for example)? Some people add "mefi" to the end of the account name, which seems like a good solution; but most of the names I've seen today don't have it.
Or am I completely overthinking it.