From everything I've previously seen and read about it (up until your reply made me dig deeper), Slash didn't suit the purpose because it permits users to submit top-level posts, or "stories". We need a system that permits only a handful of people of our choosing who can post articles and tutorials. A "features list" or more thorough description of what Slash does or doesn't do would have been helpful. I couldn't find anything that remotely resembled an official features list on slashcode's site.
I looked at many of the sites that run Slash, and they all look pretty much identical with the exception of a few simple color differences. They all have the site logo on the left, the search box on the right, two link columns on either side, the slash credit on the bottom, the left column always has the polls, "Most Recent Journal Entries", "Older Stuff", etc. This would indicate to me that either it's not a trivial task to make the site conform to a different look and feel, that they all prefer the standard Slash look or that 90% of the users are lazy ;) Perhaps it's that they are "working on the documentation".
But! There were a couple of sites using slash that looked and behaved exactly like what we want.
I'll download Slash, run through it and see how it goes. Thanks!