Mailinator random generator

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Cheers ducks,

I was wondering if anyone is able to make mailiantor goodie, so once you type make me mail or simple mailinator it will randomly generate you mailinator's public mail, which you are able to copy paste and redirection link to the inbox page.
• posted 5 years and 1 month ago • type: Goodie (Perl functions) Needs a Developer

Interesting! I'm not sure how to preserve privacy for this, though. If someone were to accidentally trigger it and see sensitive email displayed as an instant answer.
Curious to know what other people think since it's already publicly accessible.

posted by zac Staff5 years and 1 month ago Link
Ey zac, I am glad you like idea. Generally mailinator is designed for spam, fast registrations, etc... no one will use such a mail for private stuff.
posted by 1337 5 years and 1 month ago Link
There's the potential for a randomly generated address to link to an already "claimed" mailbox containing spam of various "age ratings" (usually they're not PG) :)

Mailinator provide a randomly generated unused (I think) address and a selected alternative domain on their home page, but I don't believe there is an API for this.
posted by jbarrett Staff5 years and 19 days ago Link
1337 - to be clear is your thought that the instant answer would provide a random mailinator email address and a link to that mailinator's inbox? That would be fairly simple to implement.

Zac, I'm not seeing the privacy implications you are concerned with. If I am understanding correctly, no email content would be displayed in the instant answer, only by clicking a link on the instant answer to open the inbox on the mailinator website.

The question I would have before I try to put this together is whether this would provide enough value to people to take up a set of keywords, a bang, or something... but I tend to think the answer is yes.
posted by hank 5 years and 25 days ago Link