Nycticorax Well didn't Solus welcome new global maintainers last year, aren't the tooling being reworked to make Solus ready for the future, weren't these new community forums deployed, what about the new weblate instance that was setup to allow community to actively participate in the translations of Budgie & Brisk Menu ?
Weren't Solus 4 and Budgie 10.5 released this year ?
Aren't these concrete things ?
And about obscurity how could it be more transparent than this ?
The moment Solus will get ready to accept donation again or to sell goodies, a nice blog post and messages on the social medias will be posted, don't worry. But you have to understand that core team want to get a structure in place that guarantee same situation as before can't occur anymore. This take time and is not a priority.
Perhaps it's hard to accept for some that not everything revolve around money... Those could donate to some other positive projects that really need money until Solus is ready for it. People who are really willing to help could donate some time (i.e.: to help with packaging & testing, reporting bugs, helping other users, etc.) . Of course it isn't as easy as giving some coins and it requires some personal involvement, and there is no fancy tshirt or mug with a Solus logo in return to show off but this is currently what Solus needs most.