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I have a multipage form which works largely by posting the form details in query strings to the url. I know this isn't ideal and i've already changed it.

However, what was happening is that google was caching results such as


Where the var(s) were populated with form submitted form details.

Any idea why/how this is happening? Thanks in anticpation.

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Swear somone posted a link to this article: googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2008/04/… – rix Dec 20 '11 at 14:01
Personally, I think you should post that as the answer and mark it as such. – Dan Dec 20 '11 at 14:07
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It's possible that someone posted a link to it with the values embedded.

Google may also submit simple forms in some circumstances.

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That's all i could think of. Is there any other way it could happen? – rix Dec 20 '11 at 13:40
Depending on the architecture, the crawler could have build the links. In other words - do the users have to select / type things to get there or could the crawler have automated it? An example that Google may crawl would be a dropdown box used for navigation. – Dan Dec 20 '11 at 13:51
I added that link about Google submitting forms. – DisgruntledGoat Dec 21 '11 at 9:40

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