Welcome to the Darcy Social Lemmy instance. We're still in the process of setting everything up properly. That means things like email notifications, the right communities, admin and moderation duties, setting up policies and a code of conduct.
Also, this is as of yet a private instance, but we will federate eventually.
One of the side effects of Federation is that sharing a link widely unintentionally DDoSes the target, as every Mastodon server at once tries to grab a preview of that link.
It's something that needs to get resolved, hopefully before we break too much.
Sharing this because I think it is a useful metaphor to talk about reach and privacy: To design a social space, we have to reflect on what kind of space we want to create.
I myself like to explain how we think certain spaces work with a series of analogies I call “Bedroom to Broadcast”.