There has been some level of effort to provide written transcripts of official Stack Exchange podcasts. Transcripts for the first four Unicorn Meta Zoo podcasts were posted on Github, and the ninth received a transcript as an answer. Some podcasts don't seem to have transcripts at all anywhere, and for those that do, their locations are inconsistent. Externally-hosted transcripts can decay at any time.
Let's have an official process or practice to create transcripts of official podcasts. This would benefit several groups:
- Users with hearing or auditory processing disabilities
- Users for whom English is a foreign language and that prefer reading at their own pace
- Users in areas where listening to a podcast is socially inappropriate and/or potentially disruptive, such as a public library, classroom, or workplace
- Users with low bandwidth and/or high-latency connections
As SolveIt mentioned, this would also greatly aid searchability. If I have a vague recollection that there was a podcast that happened to venture into best practices in how much unicorn sparkle dust to feed moderators after midnight, I can check it out myself with a single search rather than listening through hours of podcasts or asking the community to do so for me.