You knew I couldn't leave it there, right? A possible solution to my shunning and a chance to be an Iron Commenter after all? Not bloody likely.
So I googled "Firefox," downloaded it and attempted to comment on a blog with the registered user setting. AND IT WORKED!!! It's a Festivus miracle! I am so, so excited. Firefox is quite slow but that's OK - I'm only going to use it when I need it to leave a comment. This also means Google/Blogger aren't causing the shunning; it's something in Internet Explorer 9. Since I have my settings set up to accept every kind of cookie out there, I don't know what it could be and for now I don't care. Because I can talk to everyone again. Yay!
Even better? When I e-mailed the IComLeavWe moderator, Melissa Ford at The Stirrup Queens, to thank her for helping me become un-shunned, I asked her a bit more about becoming an Iron Commenter. She clarified that you have the whole week to leave a comment on each participant's blog. As in, you need to make 75 comments, not 525. I think she thought I was a bit insane, which is not surprising because the sickness is definitely still in me. How do I know? My first reaction to this news was disappointment, not relief.