What should I transcribe when no one's talking?

Silence should not be transcribed. If no one on the recording is making any noise, don't transcribe anything.

If you hear words or phrases but can't make out what they're saying, use the [INAUDIBLE] tag.

If you can make out what they're saying but don't know how to spell it, loosely transcribe what you hear and indicate it with the [sic] tag.

If you hear noises or nonverbal expressions, indicate them with the [NONVERBAL] tag.


Use of the tag [NOBODY SPEAKS hh:mm:ss] was dropped on April 19, 2019.