Dot Leap 16

Kusama-based NFTs, cross-chain smart contract invocation success, Polkadot redenominated, a tech demo of Ethereum on Substrate, and more!

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The NFTs are implemented on Kusama as remarks, so “hacks”, but they work well enough until we mature and replace them with the real thing™.

Polkadot (v 0.8.22)

🎉🎉🎉 The first non-Parity non-W3F parachains have connected to the Rococo testnet! Ful breakdown and announcement from Plasm in this article!

Soon after, Robonomics and Mandala followed!



Polkadot transfers are enabled, and redenomination has occurred! The DOT balance of each DOT holder has increased by 100x. Here’s why this happened and what it means!

Other updates

Vote for a better tomorrow!

I’m running for Council Member on both Polkadot and Kusama! Read more about why and what I can bring to the table in this post or click the banner below - the post also explains how to vote in screenshots. Remember, voting costs nothing but a transaction fee - and can be done with locked and staked funds - but has the potential to change the landscape forever!

Polkadot Governance

🚨 With the application of the new runtime which activated DOT transfers, some new features crept in as well. Most notably, the Council terms are now 7 days in duration, which means anyone who’s elected has 7 days to prove their worth to the protocol. Be vigilant, vote the inactive members out, and vote for active members instead!

  • The anonymous and undefined proposal from last time is still pending on Polkadot. No new information was added. Know the proposer? Ping them!

  • Council motion 7 has approved treasury proposal 0 for the development of a Truffle-like environment for the Substrate ecosystem. Developer tools are incredibly important - let’s hope the team can deliver!

  • Referendum 2 suggests upping the validator limit to 236 from 197. It is currently almost unanimously passing.

  • A discussion on reducing the existential deposit is active on Polkassembly. Due to the redenomination, it is now 1 DOT, which is too much.

  • A discussion on scheduled increase of validator capacity is open on Polkassembly. However, mirroring Kusama in this might not be the best idea until we have parachain functionality enabled.

Kusama (v 0.8.22)

Kusama has been chugging along nicely, with a new suggestion in the air on defining the minimum desired stake in the system and auto-modifying the number of validators based on those numbers. Chime in on Polkassembly or look at the first version of the code here.

⚠ Updates

  • Participating in on-chain governance should not punish the participants. Shawn Tabrizi of Parity opened a discussion issue on the topic of removing voting fees for Council members.

  • The number of Council seats and runners-up have been increased (to 19 each) in the codebase; if approved, this will be seen in the next runtime upgrade.

🏛 Kusama Governance

Read the digest of the weeks August 9th and 16th in this post or look below for individual up-to-date entries.

  • Motion 207 for the fifth and final milestone of the - Non-Custodial P2P Trading for KSM by LocalCoinSwap has passed. 2300 KSM (~30k USD) are pending delivery.

  • Motion 208 for milestone 2 and 3 of a decentralized Kusama payment gateway has passed. 500 KSM (~6500 USD) are pending delivery.

  • Motion 209 cancels the auto-bump of validator capacity following this performance metrics discussion. It has been enacted after being sped up by the Technical Committee. Based on a new report, the network will move to either a manual increase mechanism or an automatic increase mechanism, as outlined here.

  • Treasury proposal 44 is up for vote: develop a configurable, reccurring lottery system that can be used to drive participation in Kusama. Details on Polkassembly, original idea here.

🔩 Core Stack

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Substrate V2.0 RC6 is out!

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Ethereum Compatibility

As Moonbeam and Parity’s Frontier mature, I believe it’s worth having a separate section discussing Ethereum compatibility with Substrate and Polkadot in general. The potential for collaboration between the two ecosystems is immense.

  • Snowfork is a Polkadot <-> Ethereum bridge under development.

  • Moonbeam had a tech demo, showing how to interact with Moonbeam and send tokens around and deploy contracts through traditional Ethereum tools. Recording available here.

🛠 Tools

👨‍🎓 Education

🤝 Ecosystem

Don’t forget to vote!

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Note: your tokens will be locked, but are still usable for staking, referendums, etc. If you want to transfer them, just cancel the vote and they’re free, no strings attached.

That's it for this week - I hope this was as useful for you to read as it was for me to write!

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