I'm looking for an email address that can be sent to where the mail will just be deleted without a bounce back. RFC 2606 defines example.com as a fictitious domain for documentation. Is there something similar for email? This will be used in printed documentation, needs to be stable (the domain can't go stale or replaced by an NSFW site), and as generic as possible.
How much (if any) control do you have over your e-mail addresses?
If you have none, then the simplest solution might be to set up a hotmail (or similar) account and effectively abandon it.
If you have a lot, then you can add an address to your domain (email@example.com) this will then be valid and not generate a bounce. Depending on your mail server you should be able to just delete mails going to this account.
If you want to go this route then asking the question at Server Fault might get you better responses.
I would have posted this a comment, but it got rather long winded
If you do choose to go the create-your-own route, the following
(see http://www.beedub.com/cgi-bin/wiki.cgi/27 for other examples)
You could use a service such as Mailinator, where you can send an email to addresses such as:
The email will be deleted after a few hours. However, in theory, the email can be read by anyone who knows the
You could also use:
"All data sent to blackhole.io will be forgotten instantly, we store nothing you send. Point your application’s outgoing SMTP server to ‘blackhole.io’, Sit back and watch mail never get delivered to a real user.
or, send an email to blackhole.io using an @blackhole.io address, any address is fine e.g.: firstname.lastname@example.org"
so you could just use: email@example.com