DotLeap 106 - a night of slashing
Moonbeam accelerator program, New runtime release, USDT sufficient on Statemine, and more.
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🔴 ⭕️ Relay Chain
total supply - 1.26b DOT | staking - 45.8% | parachains & crowdloans - 10%
Polkadot 0.9.34 has been released. Note this is a runtime-only release; no new node software is included in this release.
USDT is now sufficient on Statemint. Sufficiency means that an account can hold this asset without also holding DOT, and this asset can be used for transaction fees. For more details, see here.
OmniBTC has won the most recent parachain lease auction.
🔴 🏛 Governance
Referendum 85, seeking to allow Kapex to upgrade itself via runtime upgrade, has passed.
Referendum 88, proposing to approve a Treasury Proposal for Snowbridge, a trustless Polkadot-Ethereum bridge, is passing with 99% in favor.
Referendum 91, proposing to increase the maximum number of nomination pools to 64, is currently passing with 99% in favor.
Referendum 92, seeking to cancel Referendum 89, is passing unanimously.
Referendum 93, proposing a new registrar but with no other contextual information, is failing with 2% in favor and 26 days left to vote.
Motion 304, to fund the Polkadot Hackathon: North America prize pool, was approved.
Motion 307, to cover the ongoing costs (Q3 2022) for RadiumBlock’s public endpoint infrastructure, was approved.
Motion 308, to fund milestones 3 & 4 of Kampela’s development of a hardware signer and key storage, is under consideration.
Motion 309, to fund Subscan to provide ecological users with an open-source toolset, was approved.
Motion 310, to seed the Polkadot Alliance, is currently under consideration.
Motion 311, to fund the development of Uptest—a tool for testing Pallet functionality before and after runtime upgrades, is under consideration.
Kusama Updates ₑₓₚₑcₜ cₕₐₒₛ
🦅 ⭕️ Relay Chain
total supply - ~13.03m KSM | staking - 49.2% | parachains & crowdloans - 2%
Last Thursday night, 334 validators were reported offline and slashed. Note that slashes are not applied for 7 days (28 eras), during which time they can be canceled by governance. In the past, slashes associated with software issues have always been canceled on Kusama.
The new Polkadot version has many runtime changes focused on optimizing OpenGov on Kusama. For details, see the “Runtime” section of the Release Notes here.
🦅 🏛 Governance
The first OpenGov Referendum whitelisted by the Polkadot Fellowship has passed and executed, allowing block production on the Kintsugi parachain to restart.
Referendum 6, canceling two invalid Referenda (1 and 2), has passed. That said, due to an issue with the UI, it will only execute in 15 million blocks in the future.
Referendum 16, which should fix the last slashing event on Kusama, will enact at block 15,722,953 today. Specifically, this Referendum will cancel all slashes and restart elections (which involves several steps; see link above for details). However, this will NOT reverse any chilling. A PR is ready for this, but it will require a runtime upgrade to enact.
Referendum 17, which batches all upgrades for Kusama's system parachains: Statemine and Encointer, is currently passing.
Referendum 251, proposing to swap parachain slots for Zeitgeist, has passed.
There are 13 active OpenGov Referenda on which you can vote. To understand OpenGov (also called Gov v2 or Gov2), you can read the Polkadot Wiki article.
⛓ Connected Parachains, dApps, and others
projects connected to the DOT and KSM relay chains
Acala announced a new integration with Dexscreener.
Acala engineers deliver open-source ‘Chopsticks’ client to improve testing in Polkadot Ecosystem.
Astar became the first parachain to launch light clients, which help users connect to the Astar network directly without any need for middlemen.
Astar has opened a new HRMP connection with Bifrost.
Ajuna showcased its first collectible NFT game Awesome Ajuna Avatars at Sub0.
Bit.Country published a Quick Start Guide for Metaverse Owners.
HydraDX published A Proposal to Update the HDX Tokenomics.
Interlay published Kintsugi Slot Duration Bug (2022–12–01) Post-Mortem.
InvArch published The InvArch Network Dual Token Economy.
KILT announced the next phase of Polimec (Polkadot Liquidity Mechanism), originally conceptualized in 2020 as a system for supporting early-stage Polkadot teams.
Moonbeam’s Illuminate/22 Cup–bringing fun challenges, NFTs, and real-world prizes to community members–is open until December 18th.
Moonbeam launched an accelerator program.
OmniBTC published Self-narration of the road to Web3 products.
OriginTrail published Unfolding supply chains with interoperability and decentralisation.
Phala published Vaults, Simplifying and Optimizing Your Phala Delegations.
Robonomics published Parachain Suspension Announcement.
Various projects published ecosystem reports for November.
🌎 Community & Ecosystem
dotinsights announced the top 10 most loved projects on Polkadot and Kusama with participants logging over 16,400 votes.
Web3 Foundation held a Twitter Space to discuss DOT morphing from security to software. You can watch it on YouTube.
Watch this Long Winded Explanation of OpenGov at a Basic Level.
SER, Have ya Heard? published Pokadot’s Kusama Governance has Gone Insane! The Real Chaos Begins 📹.
Learn how child bounties work on Polkadot.
Polkadot-JS API v9.10.2 was released.
Ever wanted to have an address that contains specific text strings? You can use the vanity generator on Polkadot-JS App here.
Learn how to use the new staking dashboard with these tutorials.
🌠 NFT Review
A weekly newsletter keeping up with the evolution of NFTs in the Dotsama ecosystem.
RMRK published a new ecosystem report. The most notable update is that its Multiresource lego was merged as an EIP (Ethereum Improvement Proposal) and is now being reviewed.
The Polkadot Metaverse Championships has concluded. 5 teams participated in the 2 day hackathon to compete for PRIZE. There were a couple of projects based on RMRK, including a Chunky Recomposer–that makes it possible to replace colors and shapes of Chunky body parts.
PhalaWorld Shell incubation began on Dec 5th and Shell feeding has been ongoing.
Enjin Wallet 2.0, which makes distributing NFTs via QR codes a breeze, is out now.
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That's it for this week - I hope this was as useful for you to read as it was for us to write!
Many thanks to Bill Laboon for his daily digest—which helps us not miss some important updates—and Raul Romanutti for helping us ensure that the governance news is accurate.
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