Because I still get (good faith!) questions about it, please, I beg you, don't let your friends join or use c̶o̶u̶n̶t̶e̶r̶.̶s̶o̶c̶i̶a̶l̶
I could express why at length, but here's just one case. Compare how much external JS they load vs the no-external-js for the shop and most other mastodon sites.
If they want to claim they're not selling data, it starts _there_.
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.