Dot Leap 29

An NFT crash course, a Polkadot rebranding paid for with on-chain bounties, a 16000 DOT slash 😱, Frame V2 launches, networks and testnets launching all around, and more!

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Polkadot in 2020

The year is done. That means paradise in 2021, right?

Regardless, here’s a recap of the awesome year Polkadot has had, despite all other circumstances!

Database Snapshots

This will now be a regular (once every two weeks) thing. The infrastructure is in place. The compression approach needs a bit of fine tuning, though, will work on that next.

There is also a proposal and corresponding motion by another party to maintain these snapshots and be funded for doing so.

Polkadot (v0.8.26-1)


On 4 Jan it was announced that the Rococo V1 parachain registration opening will occur on 11 Jan 2021. Follow the channel on Matrix for up-to-date information.


Polkadot Governance

  • A lawyer from Toronto wants to set up an on-chain registrar for identity verification via actual ID documents and a phone call. Discussion on Polkassembly. It is currently quite expensive to second the proposal - 100 DOT - which explains the low number of seconds

  • A multi-sig curator has been selected for the Polkadot rebranding bounty. The multi-sig consists of several members from the Polkadot community

  • Oneblock submitted a proposal to organise a hackathon event for Substrate developers in Q1 of 2021. Motion 52 tries to solve a problem from the existing Substrate technical courses: In each course, OneBlock has nearly 100 dev students who have completed the Substrate development technology course, but they cannot effectively transform the theoretical knowledge learned through the 1-month online course into a practical project that can be implemented. Through feedback from some graduate students, OneBlock hopes to increase the practical competition after the course and encourage the students to form teams for practical projects. This hackathon is open to individuals and teams and is divided into three main categories. You can find all the info, including categories, prizes and budget in the proposal

  • OnFinality submitted a treasury proposal to cover the maintenance cost of their RPC public nodes (listed on polkadot.js Apps)

  • The proposer of referendum 14 aims to move a DOT claim from one address to another, allegedly due to a theft. Information can be found here.

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Kusama (v0.8.26-1)

⚠ Updates

🏛 Kusama Governance

My latest Kusama Council Participation transparency report is published.

🔩 Core Stack

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FRAME v2 includes the `#[pallet]` attribute macro, as a replacement on `decl_*!` macros that you know. Syntax should be more straightforward and also macro code more easy to enhance.

The full doc can be found here, example here. The macro is still under development and might change before next substrate release. The team does not recommend that you use it for production pallets, but it seems to be in a solid shape.

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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.

🛠 Tools

👨‍🎓 Education

🤝 Ecosystem

📅 Upcoming Events and Webinars

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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!

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