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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

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.

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 the Polkadot and Kusama networks. Parachains connect to Polkadot or Kusama by leasing a parachain slot on the Relay Chain. Apart from the slots for system parachains, which are reserved for functionality that benefits the ecosystem as a whole, projects wishing to obtain a parachain slot need to participate in one or more parachain slot auctions. The desig

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.

Kusama

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Kusama

Kusama Parachain Auctions

The first real-world functional parachain Statemine, began processing permissionless transactions after an on-chain upgrade last week. After some smooth running over the weekend, the time is coming to move to the next stage: slot auctions.