Category talk:Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

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Who should and should not be listed in this category?[edit]

Who should we list in this category; just bands and solo artists inducted, or also members of bands who have been inducted? I'm seeing members of bands such as Guns n' Roses, Black Sabbath, and Rush but not members of other bands. ChakaKongLet's talk about it 03:09, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

  • It should definitely be the artists inducted only imo, and not members of bands. Otherwise there is no distinction between a band member and a person who has been inducted more than once such as as a solo artist as well (although I know this is rare). Also, the category would quickly become overcrowded if we were to cat the pages of all band members.Hoops gza (talk) 03:23, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
I believe it depends on the musician. For example, a musician such as Tony Iommi or Neil Peart who has been a full-time member of an inducted band for all or the vast majority of its lifetime should be listed. Or, were they or were they not present on stage when the band was inducted? Conversely, someone such as Gilby Clarke (just as an example) who was a member of Guns n' Roses for approximately three years and did not perform on their most successful albums should not be listed. ChakaKongLet's talk about it 03:43, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
I quite agree w/ Hoops gza. --Bibliorock (talk) 22:42, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
Overcrowded? Categories such as this one must really bother you then. ChakaKongLet's talk about it 01:38, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

All of those people are living and therefore qualify for the category imo. Here, only the artists should qualify and not the individuals that comprise the artists imo.Hoops gza (talk) 02:59, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

@ Hoops gza : My point was simply that one of the primary rationales of your argument was that you are concerned about the category becoming overcrowded; I was simply pointing out that a myriad of categories already exist which contain significantly more articles than this one potentially would, and there are no guidelines stating that too many pages in a category is frowned upon. On the contrary, the guidelines encourage inclusion of any and all pages which fit the category, something you are speciously describing as "overcrowding".
Let's stick to the guidelines, shall we? Being a member of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted band can certainly be classified as a defining characteristic of an artist's career, which is one of the main criteria of inclusion in a category. The guidelines state quite clearly that each page/article should be placed in all of the most specific categories to which it logically belongs, unless a more appropriate subcategory exists. Since more specific subcategories do not currently exist in relation to this subject to the best of my knowledge, this is the most obvious and logical one that a member of an inducted band should be placed in, keeping in mind that if we're going to classify a band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "a defining characteristic" of its existence (and we'd be foolish not to), a band member deemed to have made a significant contribution to the band's significant notability absolutely needs to be acknowledged by inclusion in the category. If you'd like to create a new category/subcategory entitled something like "Members of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducted Bands", be my guest, but until that category/subcategory is created, this is the most obvious and logical category for these musicians.
Additionally, Wikipedia already contains a separate listing for the specific artists and bands by year who have been inducted. This opens the door for expansion of the category in question to include specific members of the bands. ChakaKongLet's talk about it 21:53, 26 August 2013 (UTC)