I’m all about rewarding cleverness, but I’m not sure how I feel about this: Adam Boyd, a UK teen, conned his way into the preferred seating area at his favorite band’s concert in early February by editing a Wikipedia page.
Boyd earned his way into the VIP area at the Albert Hall in Manchester, England, by using his phone to edit The Sherlocks’ Wikipedia page so it said he was the lead singer’s cousin. He used the Wikipedia entry he’d made to show a security guard, who let him through without any protest.
(Despite critics’ claims that Boyd is exaggerating his experience and how he got in, Mashable did some digging and proved that he did, indeed, edit the band’s page at 8:28 p.m., and Boyd has pictures to prove that he was in the VIP area.)
For the record, the band wasn’t mad.
“Fair play to the lad, we found it very funny and he put some good thought into it,” the Sherlocks told HuffPost in an email. “Even funnier that his plan worked. Good effort!”
Boyd wasn’t the first, and he won’t be the last, to take advantage of Wikipedia’s trust when it comes to user-generated edits. In 2015, a fan of electronic band Peking Duk did the same thing to gain backstage access to the band… and the band members said the fan was “an absolute legend.”
What Do You Think?
Which camp are you in on this? Do you think Wikipedia should tighten up its regulations on who can edit pages, or do you think this kid and his predecessor are amazing? I’d love to hear your take on it, so please share your thoughts with me on Twitter or on my Facebook page.