Flowchart: Is it f*cked up? What to do, if so.

BoingBoing readder Cristóbal Palmer responds to a recent BB post about Tactical Usage of the phrase "Oh Snap!", and says:

My own flowchart. Starts with the question, "Is it fucked up?" and goes from there. Did this a long time ago. Original version I did here, blog post I just posted with more legible, updated version here.

Reader comment: Michael says,

I saw a variation of this diagram on the door of the men's room in the Texas Chili Parlor in Austin a few years back.
Nick Hatch says,
That flowchart you posted seems to be heavily inspired by this one from the book Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson, published in 1997.

I couldn't find a copy online, but I have a scan of it that I attached.

Mark says,

There was a copy of that flowchart (minus the miracle/prayer bit, that's new) on one of the lockers of the technical theater majors in the dank corridors underneath the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Aycock Auditorium. That was when I was still a technical theater major, many many moons ago, so it would be either Fall 1991 or Spring 1992. I recall it looking like a xerox of a mimeograph, so it's probably even quite a bit older than that. It's a long toothed joke in technical jobs, and I now pass it on, sometimes giving it to my service desk students in a occasional moment of levity.
Vann Hall says,
I remember the "Did You Fuck With It?" flowchart from my days at Telenet, back in the dark ages of telecommunications; by 1986 it was a already a standard item in the quiver of geek cubicle humor....


  1. That flowchart (or another version very much like it) hung in our Math Laboratory in 1963 at Virginia Military Institute….I never imagined that I would see it again. Always thought it was just a professor’s personal joke. Thanks for the laugh!

  2. They had a similar flowchart in a work section while I was in Iraq. It was in the Army part of the base (Marine here) and they did our laundry.

  3. I am in IT, graduated college in 1983 and saw this for the first time in the early 80’s (minus the prayer part).

    It is classic and timeless for anybody in the IT industry.

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