I've been through hundreds of Mi Yodeya questions and answers. I must say I'm impressed. There's just every topic under/over the globe here and I'd like to know how do y'all do it? I'd like to know for my own sake, so I can answer a lot of questions as well. Do y'all just have photographic memories? Have y'all learnt so much and Chazard 40 times? Do y'all have some type of computer programs or websites y'all use? Much appreciated
The pattern I have noticed consists of 5 sources of information:
- Closed or open library sources. e.g. Sefaria, HebrewBooks.org, Otzer.
- Google searches in Hebrew will often turn up articles.
- Recollection of a discussion from Yeshiva, a Shiur, etc.
- An obscure (or not so obscure) reference that someone actually read and remembered.
- An article from something someone reads regularly and refers back to (Tradition is a common one).
There are also general knowledge, personal experience and opinion/inductive reasoning answers.
I'm sure there are examples of others, but this is what comes to mind.
We mostly contact Rabbi "Google"! 😊😊😊