|Most ASCII artists will tag
their ASCII creation with their initials.
This is not just about signing your art, it shows who created the art –
the original artist. If someone else colours the art, or modifies it in
any other way, the artist initials need to be kept with it. Anyone
modifying art can add their initials (usually something like ldb/ ldb)
and a note about what they had
done to the original art.
Include a link to where you found the art, if you can not find a link to the original artist themselves. This helps preserve and archive the art as well as giving the artist credit.
This is what the Respect ASCII Artist’s Campaign is about. Give respect to the original artist and leave their initials on the work.
Not all ASCII art is available freely. Don't assume, ask to repost, modify, or otherwise use the ASCII art you find online. Don't sell art you do not own or did not fully create yourself.