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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

mysite.com/myform?var=var&var2=var2&var3=var3

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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