Hi Volmer, that'd be fantastic and would definitely help.
That's what we want to do but it's a bit hard at the moment because we have things spread out and are working on consolidating. For example, I pay directly for MeritocracyNow.net and Community.MeritocracyNow.net plus a couple of other meritocracy sites. Someone else pays for MP.org and Meritopedia.org, but is working on transferring them over to me to make things easier.
The paypal account is a personal account, so taking screenshots of it means there'd be personal transactions in there. These could be blacked out of course, but that makes it 90% transparency. Which I guess can be good enough for the time being until we figure out a better solution ... do you have any ideas?
All of this will become easier once we have a legal entity that can have its own hosting accounts, its own bank accounts, its own business paypal account, etc ... that would enable finances to be 100% transparent.
Another thing to do would be to post the invoices we get from the hosting companies but those are easy to forge and also I don't think there's going to be trust issues in regards to expenses. There's more likely to be trust issues, if any, with how much money is received, whether it's being reported accurately, and so on.
Regarding running on a dedicated machine, thanks but I think at the moment we're sticking with cloud solutions because of the scalability they bring. It's extremely easy to scale up: and we want to scale up because it means we're getting thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of visits when we do :).