I know this is not a pleasant thing to ask, but it would be nice to learn from other people's problems, so that we can, as much as possible, prevent them from happening with us. What has happened with your Joplin setup that messed, in a significant way, with your data? Something involving database corruption, forced conflicts, files edited directly on the sync target by mistake, database being simply overwritten, etc?
So far I have not faced anything disastrous, thank God, except that I installed on a second PC and pointed to the same synchronisation target. I also had/have Joplin installed on my Android phone. After checking these three installation places, I came across an odd surprise: there was a new "conflicts" notebook with exactly 2000 conflicted attachments. I don't know why or how. I'm sure I didn't mess with the attachments on any device.