aakk9999 - 10:51 pm on Sep 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
Brett, thanks for the links. What I gathered from reading that thread, Google should obey robots.txt (and they say they do) but some posts in that thread show otherwise.
Interestingly, I have other URLs blocked by robots.txt and they are not crawled. I also have URLs with the same (disallowed) pattern that do get reported in "Restricted by robots.txt" section of WMT and yet a number of URL with the same disallowed pattern get reported in duplicate titles/descriptions (therefore must have been crawled for Google to pick this info).
So it appears that Google sometimes follows directive and sometimes not.