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XCM Part II: Versioning and Compatibility
Polkadot
XCM Part II: Versioning and Compatibility

Polkadot founder Gavin Wood inspects one interesting aspect of XCM in-depth: how XCM can change over time without introducing breakage between the very networks it is meant to connect....

XCM: The Cross-Consensus Message Format
Polkadot
XCM: The Cross-Consensus Message Format

This primer on XCM, Polkadot's inter-chain messaging format is the first in a series of articles explaining what it does, how it works, how to use it, and what it could become....

Kusama’s First Batch of Parachains: An Interview with the Teams
Kusama
Kusama’s First Batch of Parachains: An Interview with the Teams

This blog contains information provided by the projects Karura, Moonriver, Shiden, Khala, and Bifrost, in order of when they won their parachain slot. Discover what network each does, their achievements so far, and the phases ahead on their respective roadmaps....

Participating in Crowdloans on Kusama and Polkadot
Polkadot
Participating in Crowdloans on Kusama and Polkadot

By Bill Laboon, Director of Education and Community at Web3 Foundation Parachains are the diverse layer-1 blockchains that run in parallel on...

Kusama Parachain Auctions: Second Batch
Kusama
Kusama Parachain Auctions: Second Batch

The first batch of 5 parachain slot auctions on Kusama were completed successfully over the course of June and July. Here are our recommendations for rolling out the next batch of Parachain Auctions after the interim period of monitoring for liveness and stability....

Making History: An Overview of the First Five Parachain Slot Auctions on Kusama
Polkadot
Making History: An Overview of the First Five Parachain Slot Auctions on Kusama

This post provides important background information on the candle auctions and crowdloan mechanisms for these slots and recaps what happened during the first five auctions....

Network Stability Report: Kusama With Parachains
Kusama
Network Stability Report: Kusama With Parachains

We’ve monitored the Kusama network for stability after the first 5 parachain auctions. We’ve sampled metrics from opt-in validators to gather the information in Prometheus and Grafana for this report....

Statemine Upgrade Launches New Phase of Parachain Functionality
Kusama
Statemine Upgrade Launches New Phase of Parachain Functionality

The Kusama community has just voted to upgrade the Statemine parachain to allow anyone to create assets and NFTs on a permissonless basis....

Research Update: The Case for Candle Auctions
Research
Research Update: The Case for Candle Auctions

A look at why candle auctions are the most suitable form for blockchain auctions, as seen in recent research done at the Web3 Foundation....

Nominating and Validator Selection on Polkadot
NPoS
Nominating and Validator Selection on Polkadot

Nominating and validator selection are crucial parts of user interaction with Polkadot. This post presents background information on nominating and things to consider when selecting validators....

Polkadot and Kusama Staking Changes
Polkadot
Polkadot and Kusama Staking Changes

With the increase in the number of accounts nominating on Polkadot and Kusama, we have seen some limitations of the current staking parameters. In order to prevent issues from occurring when these limits are reached, some restrictions are being added to the staking system on both networks....

The First Parachains Launch on Kusama
Kusama
The First Parachains Launch on Kusama

The first Kusama parachain slot auction has ended and the first parachains have successfully connected to the Kusama Relay Chain, delivering the last piece of core functionality outlined in the Polkadot whitepaper: purpose-built, interoperable parachains....

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