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Introducing Polkadot & Kusama Gifts: The Easiest Way to Send DOT & KSM to Friends & Family
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Introducing Polkadot & Kusama Gifts: The Easiest Way to Send DOT & KSM to Friends & Family

Introducing Polkadot and Kusama Gifts, the easiest Way to send DOT and KSM to Friends and Family. Polkadot and Kusama Gifts are a new way to send DOT or KSM to anyone, even if they don’t already have an account or wallet....

Polkadot Is Ready for Parachain Launch, Auction Dates Proposed
Polkadot
Polkadot Is Ready for Parachain Launch, Auction Dates Proposed

Parachains are now officially ready for launch on Polkadot and the auction schedule has been proposed. The news that Polkadot is now technically capable of supporting its first parachains....

XCM Part III: Execution and Error Management
Polkadot
XCM Part III: Execution and Error Management

The third article on XCM takes a deeper look into its underlying design and execution model. Since XCM is based around the instruction set of the XCVM, a very high-level virtual machine, this amounts to becoming familiar with this machine architecture....

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
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....

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....

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