Is it possible to search for titles with a one word filming location?

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I know most, if not all the ways to search for filming locations on IMDB...

1 - Advanced Search > Search Within A Topic > Filming Locations
2 - Advanced Title Search > Filming Locations
3 - Advanced Title Search > Filming Locations + Country
4 - Title > Filming Locations > Click on Filming Location
5 - Google > Site:IMDB.com "Filming Locations" + Place you're looking for
6 - Google > Site:IMDB.com "Filming Location Matching" + Place you're looking for
7 - Google > Site:IMDB.com "Filming & Production" + Place you're looking for

etc

However no matter what search you do there's always titles with locations unrelated to the one you're looking for included.

While looking through the Locations Tree, the Locations Table or whatever it is called today

(the table of Filming Locations which doesn't show all the locations with second letters in the second half of the alphabet when you're searching for locations beginning with a specific letter, for example Scotland will appear in the table as it's second letter is a C, however Studio does not appear in the table as it's second letter is a T)

This is the thing I'm talking about https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/field/locations/value?Y

I noticed a filming location which is simply York, but which York is it?

There's 5 titles which use the filming location York according to the table.

However trying to find those titles is virtually impossible as the search results reveal over 86,000 titles which have a filming location containing the word York, and if you narrow it down to the UK only, there's still 1,389 titles to look through.

Obviously I'm not going to search through 1000's of titles, just to find and update the location of 5 titles, so I'm wondering if there's any way to narrow down the results to those 5 titles only?

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Apparently the NOT operator ! doesn't work on the Advanced Search (title-text):
https://www.imdb.com/search/title-text/?location=york&!location=new
yields heading
Titles with Location Matching "york" 
and shows ~87k titles.
Similar result with Advanced Title Search, where the ! usually does work:
https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?locations=york&!location=new

Unfortunately, the countries parameter is not recognized by the Advanced Search (title-text) either, although count=250 is. I was thinking that scanning 6 pages of 250 results each wouldn't be so bad, but no such luck.
https://www.imdb.com/search/title-text/?location=York&countries=gb&count=250

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Found 1:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11983646/locations
unfortunately, clicking on THAT "York" just gives the big list of 87k titles.

I started at the bottom of the 1389 list, and used a bookmarklet to get to the locations page quickly. It's imperfect because some title constants are a digit longer than others, but the url is easier to edit occasionally, rather than other options for getting there. Here's the bookmarklet:
javascript:void !function(){document.location.href=window.location.toString().substr(0,37)+"locations"}();
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Create a bookmark. Edit it, replacing the link with the code:

javascript:void !function(){document.location.href=window.location.toString().substr(0,37)+"locations"}();

By putting that bookmark on my bookmark bar, it's a fast click away.
BTW, I'm doing this in Chrome. Not sure how well it works in other browsers.
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I've been using the limited Microsoft Edge for months, as it seems to crash less often than Chrome and Firefox, when 50+ tabs have been open a long time (I currently have 45 tabs open, which isn't that many for me).

According to Wikipedia some bookmarklet functions don't work with Edge, but I still wouldn't understand it, even if it did work.

It looks like I'm going to have to see if TechGumbo has any videos explaining Bookmarklets, and if not, I'll have to watch some videos by less quality channels instead.
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All this bookmarklet
javascript:void !function(){document.location.href=window.location.toString().substr(0,37)+"locations"}();
does is take the first 38 characters of the current URL, and append "locations" to it. So this
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0406707/?ref_=adv_li_tt
becomes this
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0406707/locations

and this
https://smile.amazon.com/Puccini-Turandot-Carreras-Ricciarelli-John-Paul/dp/B00YHKUIQA/ref=sr_1_1?crid=SJ93H3ZPSWAV&dchild=1&keywords=turandot+carreras&qid=1596394420&s=movies-tv&sprefix=turandot+carre%2Cmovies-tv%2C256&sr=1-1
becomes this
https://smile.amazon.com/Puccini-Turalocations
which is utter nonsense, of course.

Create a bookmark, doesn't matter for what page because you're going to replace everything.
The URL gets replaced by the code above.
When you're on an IMDb title page, click the bookmark, and it'll edit the url and go to the new page.
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Wow, found #4:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11756418/locations
at position 607 in the search results.
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https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/contribution-information/contributor-top-tips/G24YJU8YXNN2BRSY?ref_=helpsrall#
If the IMDb Advanced Search doesn't satisfy your needs, you can always use Google to get more precise results. For example, if you want to find "Sussex, England, UK" Filming Locations but without "East Sussex, England, UK" and "West Sussex, England, UK", you can use the corresponding include/exclude parameters limiting the results to IMDb Title Filming Locations pages (use the "site" and "inurl" search operators for it): site:www.imdb.com/title inurl:locations "Sussex, England, UK" -"East Sussex" -"West Sussex".
Haven't been able to make it work for what we were trying to find. And if the offending page had multiple locations (which one did), the others might have excluded the title from the search results.
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This will be useful for finding other stuff unrelated to IMDB too, especially when I'm looking for things related to my city Bradford aka the world's first UNESCO City of Film.

Now I can remove people like:
Bradford Young
Bradford Dillman
Jesse Bradford
Sam Bradford
etc from my search results, which tbh are mainly about filming locations in my city.

I remember seeing that or something similar years ago, but had totally forgotten about it. It's needed more than ever now that Google, just like Quora, Facebook, Youtube, Blogger etc (most of which Google seem to own) and practically every other website, are constantly removing useful features and filters, making their websites worse to navigate, and making their websites worse in general. The one which has annoyed me the most in recent years, was Google removing the larger than, exact size, full colour, face only, exact date etc filters from Google Images.


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I see that the first one has changed, but none of the other 4.
Have you submitted updates for them?
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Twice.
First submission was 5 days ago.
Second submission was today.
Both were rejected as usual.

The majority of my correction or deletion edits seem to get rejected 3, 4, 5+ times before they're accepted, which I'm starting to think is because I usually do at least 50 location edits at a time, correcting or adding things like post towns, counties, and/or countries to less specific locations, and things like house/building number/name, street name, and/or neighbourhoods to more specific locations so they automatically think, "this person must be trying to spam the website with false information, so let's reject them all without even looking at the links he's posted along with the submissions."

It's going to take me years to get all the Yorkshire locations, and maybe eventually all the English locations corrected at this rate.
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