Dot Leap 31

An RFP to build PHP tools for Substrate, lottery for chain participation coming up, sub-bounties coming soon, epic Polkadot explainer tweetstorms, and more!

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Polkadot (v0.8.27)

  • Now that Polkadot has ~ 300 validators, see the network performance analysis here.

  • The Rococo testnet has been restarted! Once the Plasm parachain reconnects, onboarding new chains will continue.

    If you are running an upcoming parachain, make sure your Rococo validators (at least two) are running and using the latest version, and resubmit your parachain registration proposal on Polkadot-JS.

Polkadot Governance

  • Fearless’ wallet stage 3 development: The team published a new proposal for consideration, focusing on staking features in the wallet, general app improvements, and native mobile libraries expansion. This was proposed as motion 55.

  • Referendum #14 to move a claim is failing ~70% to 30% with 0.21% turnout.

  • Motion 54 is by Polkascan Foundation for the funding of their Social Contract with the Polkadot Community for operational expenses of running during 1 March 2021 - 31 May 2021. It passed.

Kusama (v0.8.27)

🎲 The Lottery Pallet is part of an effort aiming to increase participation in Kusama's governance design and should be understood in this context. The pallet interacts with Democracy, Collective, Staking and Elections-phragmen modules, by including the extrinsics within these as a mechanism to purchase a ticket for a lottery, upon certain conditions.

You can find the post and leave your questions and comments here.

🏛 Kusama Governance

My governance participation report from Jan 8th to Jan 27th.

  • ✅ motion 257 by PolkaStats covering phase 2 - milestone 1 of the implementation for the Validator Resource Center and Ranking Website on Kusama has passed.

  • Motion 258 by Kusama Comics passed. This proposal aims to publish one visual tutorial (Comics) every two-three weeks. Every comic translates or explains Polkadot’s technical documentation, developments and news.

  • Motion 259 by OnFinality for high-performance public infrastructure for Kusama and Substrate chains, passed.

  • Milestone 2 for Dotreasury, the Kusama treasury explorer, has been proposed and approved.

  • Referendum 98, upgrading Kusama's runtime to v2027, has passed. Pre-image has been submitted and the proposal is now on enactment period until execution.

  • Motion 260 is by Polkascan Foundation for the Social Contract with the Kusama Community for operational expenses of running during 1 February 2021 - 30 April 2021. It has been approved.

  • ✅ Soramitsu’s Motion 262 for Fearless Wallet Phase 3: focusing on staking features in the wallet, general app improvements, and native mobile libraries expansion - was approved.

  • 🙋‍♂️ Sub bounties: Raul submitted a new bounty proposal aiming to give more flexibility to the use of the bounty pallet for curators to reward completed tasks without closing the parent bounty.

  • There is a new proposal, 41, which is an on-chain remark signaling agreement that Registrar #1 should continue to do human verification.

  • RAMP has finished adding KSM to their SDK and submitted a report about it!

🔩 Core Stack

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Are you familiar with BEEFY? It is a protocol to allow Substrate chains using GRANDPA-provided finality to bridge to non-Substrate chains. 

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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


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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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