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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....

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...

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....

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
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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....

A Polkadot Postmortem - 24.05.2021
Polkadot
A Polkadot Postmortem - 24.05.2021

On 24 May 2021, Polkadot nodes failed with an out of memory (OOM) error on block 5,202,216. This block contained an on-chain solution to the validator election, which is normally computed off-chain and only takes place on-chain if no off-chain solution is submitted....

The Launch of Parachains
Parachains
The Launch of Parachains

The staged launch of Polkadot is about to reach another chapter. As we approach the launch of parachain functionality and the auctions and crowd-loans behind them, let’s look at what’s coming....

Polkadot 2020 Roundup
Polkadot
Polkadot 2020 Roundup

Despite being a tough year for pretty much everyone (with the possible exception of Amazon and takeaways), the Polkadot network and community...

Obtener un parachain slot en Polkadot
Polkadot
Obtener un parachain slot en Polkadot

Polkadot es una red de blockchain que se escala extendiendo las transacciones a través de múltiples fragmentos de blockchains paralelas llamados parachains....

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