local high school. Recently a teacher left an assignment for his kids to get online info about a topic. Every one went to Wikipedia first.
I had no written instructions ruling out Wiki, so I let it go. BUT I told them that many people above the HS level (College profs, employers) won't allow Wiki because of the well-discussed problems. Also, the mainstream sources (Britannica, World Book e.g.) are to be preferred IMO because
(a) they are mainstream; learn those first, and
(b) their contributors and credentials are front and center.
I feel one can use Wiki to "start research on a topic", but not as strongly as you do. If the Wiki article is biased, wrong, or fraudulent the reader may be prejudiced before going to another source.
"A few months back, The New Yorker published a long piece about online encyclopedia Wikipedia. This week, the magazine ran an editors' note detailing a problem with one of the sources in the article."
Part of the reason why Wiki links are not accepted as authoritative academic citations. However, it is still a good way to start research on a topic. And, if you use Wikiseek you will only see info from the Wiki and included links.