thanks stephen, i turned off third party cookies
but i will be doggoned, 3rd party cookies are still being set
in post #11, i mentioned that cookies for 7 domains were being set
it turns out that only one of them was a sitepoint advertiser, the other 6 (i'm surprised i did not notice this sooner) are somehow related to microsoft, yes?
they are still being set, despite 3rd part cookies being blocked, by IE8
i naively assumed that after completely clearing my cache, then visiting the sitepoint forum, that all 7 were being set by sitepoint, when in fact 6 of them are set by IE8 every time i open the browser
things that make you go "hmmm..."