Flagged PHP pages ranked separately?

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This is really three questions about Google indexing
Let's say I have a site in PHP & MySQL.
Let's say that I have some links on my site that use GET variables to call other PHP pages and pass them a GET variable, like


The "flag" variable is passed to somepage.php and read by the script using $_GET['flag'] etc, etc. When you look at the page with flag=15, you get one page, when you look at it with flag=14 you see a similar page with completely different content (record #14 instead of #15 obviously)

Will Google see both pages if I have both linked with
<A HREF="somepage.php?flag=X">
tags? Or will it stop at the question mark, only loading the page somepage.php and ignore the ?flag=14 and ?flag=15 or whatever? Will it index ?flag=14 and ?flag=15 as two separate pages (which is really what I want, since they produce different content), or will it treat both as the same page?


Same scenario, but with a POSTed form. I have several hidden FORM fields, and a drop-down, and depending on how you submit the form you get different content on the resulting page.

Will Google or any other crawler submit the form, perhaps a couple of different ways and treat each resulting page differently, or will it just bypass the form altogether?


If the answers to the questions above are Yes and No, then I could use a dynamically generated list of links with ?flag= to make Google crawl through the part of the MySQL content (as displayed through the scripts in HTML) that I want it to, using links and GET variables, right?

If the answers to the questions above are No and No, do I have to set up a static .php page for EVERY record in my MySQL database to make it see that content I want it to see? Does anyone use the error.php page to catch for a 404 Not Found error, see if it can match the "ghost" name to a record in the DB, and display a page anyway (even though technically there is no somepage.php page, the error.php page knows to go look in the databsae for "somepage" and displays its content)? I wonder if this would be a good optimization strategy.

(Of course, some of my MySQL dbs I want it to see and others I dont)

Thanks in advance.

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