I wanted to take a look at the latest podcast's transcripts - there's a meta question going on about it right now, and I wanted to get up to speed. At the moment, my brain's not quite up to dealing with a half hour long, audio only podcast, so looking at the transcripts felt like a good idea, especially if I needed to quote

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I see a link to play the podcast "organic" to the blog entry. I see episode notes... and... there's no actual link to the transcript.

To actually find the transcript, I need to click on share -> more options, close the sharing options shade, then click on transcripts on the simplecast page. You can find a gif of the process here

While I appreciate that there are transcripts, it was, as Douglas Adams put it "on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.'"

Could we have a direct link, maybe under the episode notes, for easier reference?

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    These podcasts ... actually have transcripts? :) Joking aside - yes, the transcript should be a direct link. That's (the lack of easy access to it) inconsiderate of the people who actually like reading more than listening to things (and I hope there are still a lot of us around). May 26, 2021 at 3:25
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    I'm hoping I'm being dense, and there's an easier way :D May 26, 2021 at 3:26
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    I didn't even find the option you did. I just searched for the podcast on Google to reach the Simplecast-hosted page instead of the blog.
    – animuson StaffMod
    May 26, 2021 at 3:34
  • @JourneymanGeek - I think it is really unintuitive to find, tried to search for it myself earlier. I'd never expect so vital an information like a transcript to hide under a "share" button and that only if you click the "more options"... May 26, 2021 at 3:36
  • “The line between right and wrong can be a crooked one.” ― John Valliant, The Tiger
    – Rob
    May 26, 2021 at 3:39
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    @animuson Well- In both cases - it assumes you know there's a transcript. I barely remembered someone mentioning that transcripts were generated automatically, and well, in your case you work here :D. I think most folks on the blog listening to the podcast might not know. May 26, 2021 at 3:43
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    I can confirm that experience; when I went to check out the podcast in response to the aforementioned Meta question, I opened up the page on the blog, looked for a transcript link, failed to find one, and left after concluding that it did not exist.
    – Ryan M
    May 26, 2021 at 4:01
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    Making the lives of the users easier is not one of SE goals. It's "work hard to find the good stuff" so that we'll become better at it. ;) May 26, 2021 at 7:14

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Seems like this has been fixed - those who prefer reading over listening rejoice! The all-caps (someone took the issue to heart, huh?) transcript link is now prominently featured right in the middle of the "Episode Notes":

episode notes with highlighted transcript

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    Well - its certainly harder to miss Jun 9, 2021 at 10:25
  • @JourneymanGeek I think the vibe of "are you happy now?" is strong in this fix :) Jun 9, 2021 at 10:29
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    I'm vocal and I am not afraid to use animated gifs in bug reports. I'm not surprised :D Jun 9, 2021 at 10:38

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