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ASCII Gallery

Last posted May 07, 2009 at 01:35PM EDT. Added Apr 28, 2009 at 11:32PM EDT
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What do you guys think about an ASCII Gallery?

I wouldn’t think that there’s much backstory to any piece of ASCII, but it’s been used in a memetic way since way back; and it’s probably the purest “Internet Meme” since every bit of it originated on the Internet (and older types of networks.)

I haven’t run this by Jamie, Greg or anybody else yet, but I’d really like to see a big fat ASCII gallery somewhere on this site. I don’t know exactly how it would be worked into the database. But if you like the idea, post all your good ASCII into this thread for now.

Apr 28, 2009 at 11:32PM EDT
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In case I wasn’t entirely clear; I’m talking about ASCII artwork, everything from old BBS splash screen stuff to “It’s a Trap” to Triforce.

Apr 28, 2009 at 11:35PM EDT
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It seems to be used more in things such as propaganda, or titles.

It seems so widespread that it would be like calling a banner-size a meme.

Although like you said, it did originate on the Internet.

Apr 29, 2009 at 12:05AM EDT
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Okay, let me explain this in better detail.

I’m not saying that ASCII in general should get it’s own Meme Database entry. I’m proposing the idea of a new section of the site, next to the Memes section. In this section, people could submit ASCII art into a gallery seperate from the larger MemeDB.

As I said, there’s not much backstory to any single piece of ASCII art. And it’s such a large and nebulous thing that it shouldn’t really be considered a meme its self. But there are unique pieces of ASCII art that function as memes or support other memes. What would you think about a section of the website dedicated to a searchable database of ASCII art?

Apr 29, 2009 at 12:41AM EDT
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Sounds decent, a whole page dedicated to ASCII would be a mess in my opinion, but if you somehow set up a section just for ASCII, that would work very well.

Apr 29, 2009 at 12:56AM EDT
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Apr 29, 2009 at 12:56PM EDT
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This site seems to be loaded with that sort of thing.

http://dokoaa.com/

It’s all japanese but still pretty impressive.

Apr 29, 2009 at 01:13PM EDT
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Sorry for the double post but it has come to my attention that some stuff there is NSFW.

Apr 29, 2009 at 01:17PM EDT
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I’m into this… I actually registered asciidb.com ages ago for something exactly like this

@blubber -- can ascii art ever truly be NSFW? it’s just text!! :D

Just put in a ticket to add <pre> and <code> tags to forums/comments so we can at least paste correctly in the meantime

Apr 30, 2009 at 09:51AM EDT

Good point, but I don’t know if the boss would think that before giving me a pink slip.

Apr 30, 2009 at 11:33AM EDT
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