Why the switch to WordPress? Simplicity. Media wiki, while possibly the “right” software for what NAFAA needs, it has numerous complicating factors that make it less usable. The most notable was the upgrade of our captcha program that forced us to choose between disallowing people to log in, and allowing 500 spam bots a minute in.
At the very least, we know that with our servers, we can set up WP to allow people to log in, be sure they’re not spam bots, and let them make comments without an admin approving each step.
Update: in the process of switching over, a new anti-anti-spam was developed and the entire wikimedia site was shut down. Yaaaay….