Dot Leap 24

Thank you for taking the Dot Leap!

We cover Polkadot, Kusama, Substrate, and all related Web 3.0 projects! Want your content featured? Tweet at the author!

Looking for human-friendly explainers and tutorials on how to get started building tools and UIs for Substrate chains? Check out our parent site:

Our Network

Polkadot has been featured in Our Network, noting some advancements and impressive stats since the last edition in January. For example, did you know that the Kusama treasury already doled out 57,000 KSM (~$1.5 million USD), averaging around ~$50,000 USD per project? This and many more interesting stats in this week’s edition!

Kusama treasury balance over time - a wild ride

Polkadot (v0.8.26.1.)

Polkadot Governance

Access my transparency report in regards to these votes and some tips here.

  • Patract Hub has a new project - Megaclite: Zero-knowledge proof support in Substrate for ZK Rollup and privacy applications in WASM Contracts and Runtime Pallet. Megaclite will directly integrate more curves (alt_bn128 and bls12_381) and provide upper-level verification and tool libraries by pallet and contract. They intend to make a treasury proposal for it soon.

  • Motion 39 by Subscan for operating expenses has passed!

  • Motion 40 by Patract Labs for Redspot's v0.3 milestone, has passed.

  • Referendum 12 to move an Ethereum claim of DOTs to another address is sitting at 0.18% turnout with only 0.14% of all voters having voted Aye.

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!

Kusama (v0.8.26.1.)

⚠ Updates

🏛 Kusama Governance

Access my transparency report in regards to these votes and some tips here.

  • Motion 238 aims to increase the number of validators in Kusama Network by 1 per era, for 200 eras. The motion has been presented to the Council after Performance Report III review and passed.

  • Kusama's second bounty proposal is up! The proposal aims to integrate KSM to Rotki: - the open source tax and crypto portfolio tracker. More info on the bounty.

  • With the v2026 runtime being on Kusama a bug that caused immature slashing of candidacy bonds in council was fixed, and now's the time to proceed with refunding affected accounts.

    Motion 239 aims to reimburse candidates and runners-up who were slashed due to this bug. The motion wraps all of the reimbursement calls inside a utility.batch, creating a single batch of force transfers from the treasury to the affected accounts.

  • Post 297 to integrate robotic systems with Kusama has been re-submitted, and motioned for rejection by Prince Kusama. Others disagree with the rejection. Inspect the state here.

  • Proposal 38 is another attempt to redenominate KSM in 1:100 ratio, similar to Polkadot.

🔩 Core Stack

( ͡✧ ͜ʖ ͡✧)

A more extensible MultiAddress format has been merged in. This makes it possible to map arbitrary values to Substrate addresses and decode them in the node, opening the door to not only things like Ethereum to Substrate format translation, but a Name Service pallet like ENS and other custom naming formats for Substrate accounts.

( ͡✧ ͜ʖ ͡✧)

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.

🛠 Tools

👨‍🎓 Education

🤝 Ecosystem

Don’t forget to vote!

Your vote only costs a TX fee (a few cents) but it can change the protocol (both Kusama and Polkadot - depending where you vote for me!) for ever - good governance is responsible governance! Click the banner to learn about my candidacy!

Note: your tokens will be locked in democracy, but are still usable for staking, referendum voting, 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! Many thanks to Bill Laboon for his daily digest, which helps me not miss some important updates!

The Dot Leap is put together by Bruno Škvorc. Got any links for me for the next edition? Find me on Riot at, on Twitter, or via email at