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break up players section?

it's getting pretty big... maybe something like this? or maybe in columns? I don't know, but it's getting a little unwieldy. -JohnnyUT 00:23, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

  • How about dividing it into Former Padres, Former Players, non-Padres, etc. Axion 02:59, 20 March 2010 (UTC)
    • I see that's kind of already under way below. At most, the current roster won't be more than 40 names. We could also turn the main page into an actual main page instead of a series of lists. Axion 03:01, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

Portal Breakdowns

How about each category gets its own portal, and we just show all the portals on the main page? Axion 05:45, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

  • I like that idea, but maybe creanium should weigh in since this is his baby. - JohnnyUT 07:53, 21 March 2010 (UTC)
    • I'm all for it, in fact I was thinking of doing the same thing. So, have at it guys. - Creanium 16:45, 21 March 2010 (UTC)
      • I've created two portal pages stealing and modifying some code from elsewhere, but that's as far as I've gotten. Gaslamp Ball Wiki:Meme Portal Axion 07:55, 22 March 2010 (UTC)


  • As you can see, I like these bullets. I think it makes the pages prettier when each short info blurb has one next to it. What say you gentlefolk? Axion 07:55, 22 March 2010 (UTC)
  • I think we should use paragraph form when we have enough content, but I like bullets everywhere they are currently used - JohnnyUT 00:26, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

breaking up memes

The memes section has a wide variety of articles that are probably not all classifiable as memes... I think we should break it up into sections, and I have some ideas for what some of those sections could be:

  • memes
  • inside jokes
  • post series
  • Gaslamp Ball-specific stuff (like breakfasttown, the retired numbers)
  • SBNation-specific stuff (like diaries, the deuce)
  • baseball-specific stuff (like NL West title... and the various teams that have articles)
  • acronyms

any input? - JohnnyUT 00:36, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

    • Post series' definitely need to be taken out of memes, that's just a wrong classification. Memes and inside jokes are one and the same. The examples you've given for SBNation- and baseball specific could just be in a glossary of terms. Axion 00:39, 25 March 2010 (UTC)
      • I took out what I interpreted as non-meme and created a Padres Related Topics (feel free to change that name or split it up further) and an Other Teams section with teams we've created pages for. Wonko Sometime 25 March 2010 (UTC)

Recommended Article Section

Wikipedia has the "featured article." I think we should have "recommended articles" where if enough users say something like "rec'd" on the discussion page, then the article will be either temporarily featured on the main page, or put into a list on the main page of recommended articles. Just something I think would be cool... - JohnnyUT 00:43, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

  • I've been looking into Extensions/Mechanisms that will allow users to vote or "rec" a particular page. Then on each portal (Main, Memes, Players) a random well-received page will display in that portal. It's taking some time but it's on the list of things to add. - Creanium 19:48, 23 March 2010 (UTC)


Can we make sure we start adding photos of notable people to their various pages? See Chrissy Russo for an example. -- Creanium 20:19, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

Can someone please add the photo of the Padres Bullpen Trifecta aka Triforce to the wiki post I just made? I tried all kinds of ways and couldn't figure out how to get the symbol to appear with my posting. Thank you --Eastbaysd 07:44, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Main page layout

  • So, how do we want to do this? One thing we need... boxes. Have a look at [1] and [2] The Twit wiki is nice and concise. Axion 21:57, 25 March 2010 (UTC)
    • As you can see, I used the Twit Wiki layout for our home page. Thanks for the link Axion -- Creanium 22:25, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

Formatting Guide

  • Haha, don't send new people to Encyclopedia Dramatica. Axion 07:11, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
    • Haha, why not? Want to keep your super secret meme directory a super duper secret? Creanium 07:16, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
      • It's the racism I'd rather not advertise. Axion 07:18, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
        • Fair enough Creanium 07:20, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
          • For Game 163, go ahead and link or redirect here: Axion 07:23, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
            • What has been seen, cannot be unseen. Creanium 17:32, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
    • Leaving it here: Encyclopedia Dramatica's Wiki Markup Help Axion 07:14, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

Embedding Articles

I added an extension that allows articles to be embedded within other articles. This came up when Wonko mentioned the Gaslamp Ball Series of posts, that they could very easily fit in two different locations.

The way it works is this:

  • You create a new article that you would like to be included in another article. In this case, I created the page Gaslamp Ball Series
  • Then go to the page in which you want the content to appear
  • In the page where you would like that content to appear, add the following:
<IncArticle article="Article_Name">{{{content}}}</IncArticle>
  • And the content will magically appear. See Gaslamp Ball for real-life usage.


Google loves user generated content. If we are able to optimize this wiki, you would get nice organic rankings and the traffic that goes with it. It would also drive traffic to the regular Gaslamp Ball site. If we want to get some search engine exposure and organic traffic we need to:

  • For the Main Page - change the Title Tag to something like - Gaslamp Ball Wiki | San Diego Padres | Friars Gaslampball Gas Lamp Ball Wiki Wikia Wikipedia. It would also be good if this title tag stayed throughout the site, with the with the new page title before it. Then, if some queried Matt Antonelli Padres or Matt Antonelli San Diego, you would get high SERP results - and again drive traffic to the wiki.
  • The H1 tag needs to be changed from - Main Page - to - Gaslamp Ball Wiki Main Page - you can stack the Main Page underneath.
  • Not sure if you can manually do it, but it would help to change the URL from wiki/Main_Page to /wiki/GaslampBall or wiki/Gaslamp-Ball.
  • On the other category and individual pages, it would be helpful to have under the headline, an H1 tag that says - From Gaslamp Ball Wiki - similar to what Wikipedia does, but they use an H3 tag.
  • The first 3 sentences underneath the Main Page H1 tag (in the very first section) should also have the keyword - San Diego Padres - at least twice.
  • If we can get people to put San Diego Padres in their posts once or twice, instead of just Padres, this would help with the individual pages and category pages
  • The meta keywords don't really do anything, but the meta description does. This is what is featured under the title in the search results. This site does not have a meta description tag. For instance - a good meta description for the Main Page would be - GasLamp Ball Wiki for fans of and the San Diego Padres, who like to blog, get drunk and embarrass ourselves. If you could automate the other pages to use the first sentence of the other pages and copy it as a meta description, this would work.

--Hormel 05:50, 27 March 2010 (UTC)