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New bugfix release of the Polkadot node, new runtime for both Polkadot and Kusama, auction functionality added to Polkadot JS Apps UI, W3F's public Github actions for finding old files in repos, etc!

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Polkadot (v0.8.28-1)

Polkadot Governance

  • ✅ After a successful upgrade on Kusama, motion 56 passed on Polkadot and was fast tracked by the Technical Committee and enacted under Referendum 15. This upgraded the network’s runtime to v27.

  • Motion 57 by Soramitsu did not reach majority for approval - A lot of work to be done with the team aiming to incorporate the Council’s feedback.

  • Motion 58 (external motion) to increase the number of validators by 1 per era (14,400 blocks) for 100 eras has passed. The details of the motion can be found here, including preimage.

  • Referendum 16 is proposing increasing the number of validators to 599. It is currently failing, but is up for vote for another while.

  • Referendum 14, proposing to move a claim, has been rejected by the community.

  • ❔ Subscan published a proposal to extend their Rococo testnet explorer and develop a Rococo PLO (parachain auctions) dashboard in preparation for auctions. These will be applied to Rococo network first and will after move to Kusama and Polkadot networks based on future PLO plans.

  • Motion 60: Polkastats published a new proposal to cover operational costs for the period 21.12.2020 to 21.03.2021 (recurring): covering a 3 months period of servers rent (Hetzer and Digital Ocean) to operate PolkaStats for Polkadot and Westend network (shared with Kusama). It has been approved.

  • Polkaworld published a proposal for discussion: the submission aims to fund the the enhancement of their website on, allowing them to post content at any time and add a section of Real-time News and videos to enrich the form of content, to bring real-time info to the Polkadot Chinese community.

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 (v0.8.28-1)

  • ⚠Polkadot v0.8.28-1 has been released, medium upgrade priority, fixes a bug with I'm Online transactions getting stuck

  • The 900 validators increase milestone has been reached on Kusama, as executed by referendum 93 - the performance report is here. Overall the progress is stable: time to finality, bandwidth and MinStake/AvgStaked ratio have behaved as expected.

🏛 Kusama Governance

  • 🔥 The Rotki team published their report on milestone 1 completion which you can review here. You can now import KSM addresses into Rotki.

  • Motion 264 proposing a sub-bounties extension for the pallet is approved! The bounty has been funded, Bryan Chen has been proposed as curator in Motion 267, and the functionality is under development.

  • Motion 269 upgrading Kusama Runtime to v2028 passed as Referendum 100. Some interesting changes: treasury tip slashes, free participation in Council governance for first-timers, refactor treasury pallet, changes for validators session keys to account for parachains and extensive multiaddress format in all runtimes!

  • Motion 266 closes the invalid original of the above bounty: an error was found in the value requested and the proposal was replaced by motion 264.

  • Motion 265, originally covering Kusama database snapshots project was not approved. The team was rewarded for the work with a tip instead.

  • Motion 268: Polkastats published a proposal cover operational costs for the period 17.12.2020 - 17.03.2021 (recurring): covering a 3 months period of servers rent (Hetzer and Digital Ocean) to operate PolkaStats for Kusama and Westend network (shared with Polkadot). It passed.

🔩 Core Stack

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Release v0.8.28-1 has breaking changed in terms of DB structure, and some important changes in regards to session keys! Validators, take note!

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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

🤝 Ecosystem

📅 Upcoming Events and Webinars

  • Polkadot Decoded 2021 - Call For Proposals - Building an interesting project for Polkadot or Kusama? Submit your proposals choosing from a range of presentation formats, from high-level visionary talks to technical deep-dives and workshops. Deadline: Feb 28th.

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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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