Advanced Search Issue with excluding selected Watchlists

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I am trying to exclude movies from 3 lists (the default watchlist and 2 more private watchlists) an advanced search and I keep receiving the 500 error. This kept consistently happening to me just today. The default watchlist and one of the other created watchlists are full (10.000 movies), while the 3rd one is somewhere around 2.500 movies.
I think that one of the lists I am excluding may be the problem, since I've tested the same advanced search with different combinations of exclusions and the full created watchlist is consistently giving me the 500 error. The default watchlist gives me the error about 75-80% of the time, while I rarely get the error with just the 3rd list. Sometimes I can make get through with both the default and the 3rd list in the exclusion list, however I wish to exclude all of my lists.
Are the servers having difficulties now?
Here is one of the advanced searches I'm trying: https://www.imdb.com/search/title?adult=include&lists=%21watchlist,%21ls044663183,%21ls049039363&view=simple&sort=year,asc&count=250
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Both of them give me the 500 error.
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I see. The same problem was discussed a long time ago. 
There is the official respond:
the issue is caused by the combination of both the size of your lists and number of search criteria. I would recommend limiting your list size and number of search parameters to avoid these 500s. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
I think in your case only the size matters, not the parameters.
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The problem is that I can access this link (excluding the default Watchlist and the smaller created Watchlist): https://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature,tv_movie,tv_special,documentary,short,video,tv_short&user_rating=1.0,10.0&countries=de&adult=include&lists=%21watchlist,%21ls049039363&view=simple&sort=year,asc&count=250

But I can't access this link (which excludes only the full created watchlist): https://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature,tv_movie,tv_special,documentary,short,video,tv_short&user_rating=1.0,10.0&countries=de&adult=include&lists=%21ls044663183&view=simple&sort=year,asc&count=250

I don't think this issue is related to how many titles are excluded, but for some reason I think it has something to do with the full created watchlist.
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Hi Rus,

I've attempted the searches using the results links you provided:

  1. https://www.imdb.com/search/title?adult=include&lists=%21watchlist,%21ls044663183,%21ls049039363...
  2. https://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature,tv_movie,tv_special,documentary,short,video,tv_...
  3. https://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature,tv_movie,tv_special,documentary,short,video,tv_...
but was unable to reproduce the issue. All 3 pages populate with results accordingly. This seems to be a local issue with your device/browser. Can you please confirm what device model, browser name, and browser version you're using when you experience this issue?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi, Rus Paul Adrian. When you encounter HTTP error 500 on IMDb, it is usually a good idea to refresh to page. This may also be appropriate for HTTP error 404, in certain contexts.
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For some unknown reason to me, it started working again. I don't know what changed to make it happen, but thank you all for your information! Maybe it was some spotty connection error in my city's grid or something, but now everything works as intended!
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It's on IMDb's end. There are limits to how long the servers will keep a connection open while fetching data or performing calculations on sets of data before rendering failure messages. Often the fetching or calculation completes in some kind of time frame that the servers can predict, and the results or even "answers" to intermediary steps within chains of operations likely are internally cached until the fetchable data changes.
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I guess that makes sense. It did seem like some movie pages were taking too long to load, but I chalked it up to the local internet and not the servers. Thanks for the clarification!