How To Clear self.add_error in Django if user clicks on browser back button?

I have a FORMVIEW where a user selects a value from a dropdown, and if they select the value, and click submit, it performs an HTTPResponseRedirect to a URL and all is well.

If they forget to enter a value and click submit, they get an error message telling them to choose a value. I do a clean on the form to figure this out. This all works just fine.

The issue is if the user gets an error message, then adds a value and then displays the desired output. If they then click the back button on the browser window after viewing the output, the error message is still displayed.

I have been able to work around this by including a NeverCacheMixin to the form, but when the user clicks on the back button, they get an ugly Confirm Form Resubmission page.

The user is just looking up a value, so maybe there is a better way to approach this? There are no updates or deletes involved, it's strictly a lookup on one page that does an HttpResponseRedirect to another.

Here is my FORMVIEW...

class AuthorLookupView(LoginRequiredMixin,NeverCacheMixin,FormView):
    form_class = AuthorLookup
    template_name = 'author_lookup.html'

    def form_valid(self, form):
        authorbyname = form.cleaned_data['dropdown']
        return HttpResponseRedirect(reverse('Books:author_detail',kwargs = { 'pk' : authorbyna }))

Here is my FORM....

class AuthorLookup(forms.Form):

dropdown = forms.ModelChoiceField(queryset=User.objects.none(),required=False)

def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
    super(AuthorLookup, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
    self.fields['dropdown'].widget.attrs['class'] = 'name'

def clean(self):
    cleaned_data = super(AuthorLookup, self).clean()
    dropdown = cleaned_data.get('dropdown')

    if dropdown:
        self.add_error('dropdown','Author is required.')
    return cleaned_data

In a perfect world I'd like to delete the error message upon a successful clean so that if the user clicked on the browser back button they would see the form and not see the "leftover" error message. Is there a way to delete the error message from the browser memory upon successful submission, or is my current work around with the NeverCacheMixin the best approach to this problem?

I realize I could make my forms.ModelChoiceField required, but I am trying to customize the error messages throughout my app, so I've already ruled that out as a possibility.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.



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