I don’t always watch videos, but when I do it’s videos from Skepticon. Rob Lehr is a juggernaut of awesomeness getting all of those filmed, edited and uploaded all by himself. However, since he is only one person and(probably) mortal, he can’t get to everything that needs to be done.
One of the things that needs to be done is transcribing those talks. There are people with sensory issues that can’t enjoy these videos without captioning. Youtube has an automatic captioner, but its results are more lulzy than laudable.
Here is where you come in. Kate Donovan is organizing volunteers to get these videos transcribed so that Rob can help get these videos to a wider audience.
But here’s the thing about videos–they don’t work for the hearing impaired. Transcripts do. They’re also useful for people who want to quote excerpts, people who don’t have lots of spare time, people who use screen-readers, and on and on and on. Accessibility is important and the skepto-atheist community can do something. Making these available to those who can’t do audio-only is the minimum standard of access.
How about it? This doesn’t take a lot of skill, but it does take a few hours of your time. If you have that to spare, ask Kate to put you to work.
I write a lot of jokes. Some of them are in this book.
I also host the podcast of the Skepchick events team, Some Assembly Required, and cohost the WWJTD Podcast.
You can also follow me on Facebook or that bird thing.