There have been some requests for transcripts recently. I assume they are off topic, by the same token as spell checking individual translations. But I want to be sure, before exercising any moderation duties.

And if so, should we update our FAQs?

My question is prompted by this post: Long Transcript Request

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In these cases the general interest on both, the question, and the answer is low. It is unlikely that any such long or very long transcripts will help future visitors. I believe it is proofreading of an individual text, which we said was off topic.

The existing custom close reason can also be use for these transcription requests.


I'm not sure the "proofreading of individual text" is a proper close reason here - The movie scene referred to is in Berlin Dialect and very hard to understand for any non-native, a dictionary will definitely not help much here. Also, the referred question shows quite a bit of own research effort, the dialogue is already halfway translated.

I do agree, however, that general interest on both question and answer would be low, but that is true or at least disputable for a lot of questions here.

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    If we allowed transcripts for proof-reading we should make very clear where they are different to translations, or to essays presented to us for proof-reading. We should also be clear to what maximum length we will accept them. It feel that a short transcript of a single or only few sentences may be better accepted.
    – Takkat
    Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 17:47

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