Questions about shadowsocks

I have been learning and reading about Shadowsocks mostly out of curiosity and self interest. I have a few questions about it.

1) I understand that it was initially developed to bypass censorship. How and why would someone be motivated to use it in countries where there is no censorship? Because, as I understand it, Shadowsocks only provides censorship avoidance and not privacy or anonymity like a VPN does.

2) Finally is there a de facto server implementation for Shadowsocks? I noticed there was something else called ShadowsocksR. What is the difference between the two? Also, there is conflicting information on Wikipedia that says ShadowsocksR is no longer being developed while some recent tutorials recommend using ShadowsocksR.

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