Is there a way to see the closed-captioning of a YouTube video without having to watch the actual video? Alternatively, is there a way to convince YouTube that their business model is actively hostile to the preservation and dissemination of knowledge?

Honestly, I remember reading about how Pornhub ranks “hottest” videos by “this is where people stopped browsing around” and honestly that is _exactly what I want_ except for mundane questions. According to _that metric_, what was the last video most people watched about wiring up a GFI socket according to code or replacing a the fan belt in a 2012 Subaru Outback?

If you’re not just going to show me the text, I want to be able to search for the video most people with my question thought was a good answer. What I don’t want is to ask for something like “easiest way to level a barn-style door” and get 40 forty seconds of frat rock and somebody yelling “WHASSUP BARN DOORISTS AND BARN DORISTAS ITS YA BOY COMIN BACK AT YA WITH THE HOTTEST NEW BARN DOOR TIPS AND RUMORS DONT FORGET TO LIKE AND SASCRIBE”.


Google: “Our mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

YouTube: “um, yeah, about that.”

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