Should I Sign-Up – a flowchart

First, Happy Almost Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year is 2 February, thus this is the last blog post before Lunar New Year. Make sure to read some of Fakequity’s past Lunar New Year posts, such as last year’s where I just posted pictures of everyone’s delicious LNY foods. Happy Year of the Tiger.

Today’s blog post is a flowchart to help people figure out if they should sign-up for things. I started thinking about this during the release of COVID vaccines, especially the teen and pediatric versions. Those vaccines were released without prioritization on who should get it first. I watched as parents tripped over themselves trying to book, some might say ‘score’ appointments. I also watched as people with privileges would book appointments at POC clinics even though they had never used those clinics before or stopped to think about who those clinics served. This flowchart can also be used for other things like asking yourself if you should sign up for certain programs or benefits. It is most helpful for thinking about limited resources — not as my friend “don’t use it to think ‘should I buy oranges from Safeway or the POC grocery store.”

Like many things on Fakequity, the flowchart is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, don’t take it overly seriously. It is meant to be a bit of a joke and to remind ourselves to be human and mindful of each other. The serious version of this post can be found here.

The image is not screen reader-friendly. I promise to get a text version up, just not at this moment (I need to go to bed). Until I can properly format it, here is the text not laid out well:

Should I Sign-Up?

Do you know the organization? Yes / No

Is the resource scarce, limited, etc.?

Learn more about the organization

Do you know someone with the organization

Are you in their target demographic?

Are you displacing or taking resources from someone in the target demographic?

Would they invite you to participate? Yes / No

Do Not Proceed Look for other resources

Proceed thoughtfully and respectfully

Are you geographically close?

Proceed with caution – ask before joining, join waitlist, etc.

Do you have access to the same resource elsewhere?

Special thanks to several friends who suggested the idea of a flowchart; they saw early versions of this scrawled on paper and said it wasn’t totally terrible.


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