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    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    BPL has been thinking about whether it makes sense to transcribe our podcasts. It’s not cheap to do it well and using an AI bot would result in a loose transcription full of errors. That doesn’t feel right to us.

    We’d like to hear some feedback on whether transcriptions of podcasts would be of value to you. Please share any thoughts you have here:

    1. Would transcriptions of our podcasts be of value to you?
    2. How might you use these transcripts?
    3. Why do you think they would be useful?

    Thanks in advance for any feedback you are willing to share!

    #3743446
    J-L
    BPL Member

    @johnnyh88

    Transcriptions would be useful (to me) after listening to the podcast. For example, I was trying to find a quote from the Henry Shires interview, and a transcription would have made this easy.

    I’d rather have better audio than a transcription though. Of all the podcasts I listen to, BPL’s audio quality is near the bottom.

    #3743448
    William Chilton
    BPL Member

    @williamc3

    Locale: Antakya

    It would be useful for me. I often don’t listen to the podcasts as it can take a long time, or if my wife is reading, it can disturb her unless I wear headphones, which is a bit antisocial. But most particularly, it would be useful as sometimes I’m interested in art of the podcast but not all of it, and a transcript can be scanned and skimmed.

    #3743453
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    I often skip the podcasts due to time, so  I would find a transcript to be helpful. However, what I would prefer is a clickable table of contents that would take me right to a section I’m interested in. Right now there is so much valuable information buried in the podcasts that is essentially inaccessible without a struggle.

    #3743473
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Thanks for the responses so far! Keep them coming please.

    I wonder if there are any people that don’t think transcriptions would be useful at all.

    #3743483
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    A clarification to my previous comment –

    When I stated I’d like a clickable table of contents, I meant for the podcast, not for a printed transcript. Not sure if my meaning came across the first time.

     

    #3743488
    Brad W
    BPL Member

    @rocko99

    If it’s expensive I wouldn’t see the use for myself. I use the podcast and can go back and listen again if need be.

    #3743578
    d k
    BPL Member

    @dkramalc

    I generally prefer to read (or skim) rather than listen to something.

    #3743608
    Chris K
    BPL Member

    @cmkannen-2-2

    Matthew – count me in the opposite camp. I love listening to podcasts and it’s been nice to have the BPL podcast in the mix. There’s enough written content and discussion online as it is. I really think Andrew and Ryan are doing a great job with the audio stuff.

    If there is room in the podcast budget, I guess I would consider spending on the production of new or more frequent episodes, and maintaining detailed show notes with links, rather than transcripts.

    #3743617
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Oh nice. That is an interesting dissenting opinion.

    #3743645
    JVD
    BPL Member

    @jdavis

    Locale: Front Range

    I usually don’t have time to listen to a podcast, even though the titles are interesting and the couple I have listened to were well done. Since I can read much faster, I’d find transcripts a lot more useful. Thanks.

    #3743678
    CS
    BPL Member

    @covecs

    I have a use case right now where I’m looking for a rain jacket Ryan J talked about that had sections that zip off, I think the front or back, and it was one or two companies in Europe that make such jackets. That’s all I remember and I’m trying to find the products again, and don’t recall which episode it was on or where in the episode it came up.

    So richer metadata might be a cost effective intermediate step before full transcripts. Like companies and products, and locations mentioned, and comments about them.

    #3743752
    Adrian Griffin
    BPL Member

    @desolationman

    Locale: Sacramento

    Yes, I can read much faster than I can listen, so a transcript to read would be very useful.

    #3743762
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    That is all good feedback and the use case is particularly helpful. Thank you.

    #3744314
    Bruce Tolley
    BPL Member

    @btolley

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    I prefer to read the transcripts.

     

    #3744329
    Bill in Roswell
    BPL Member

    @roadscrape88-2

    Locale: Roswell, GA, USA

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Transcripts are great for reference purposes. I used to date a transcriptor and it is nit cheap. But a good one can do 1 hour verbal surprisingly fast because they speed up the broadcast. 2 hours of verbal could be transcripted in way less than an hour, for example. I do listen to podcast on walks and enjoy them. But my old brain can’t remember the talks and all the valuable informstion presented. But texts are easily searched and referenced. Teanscripts would be a valuable service. As for how to pay for it, I have some ideas…..</p>

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