A week in Kusama

By Web3 Foundation | Kusama | 28 Sep 2020

A round-up of what’s new in the Kusama universe, September 21 - 27, 2020

Kusama network

Kusama News

Kusama runtime has been upgraded to v2024. https://kusama.polkassembly.io/referendum/84

There is quite a bit of discussion around this Treasury Proposal for weekly video Polkadot and Kusama news - https://kusama.polkassembly.io/post/292

The referendum to increase the number of validators from 600 to 700 has failed. https://kusama.subscan.io/referenda/83

There is currently a referendum on Kusama to increase the number of validators to 900 - https://polkadot.js.org/apps/?rpc=wss://kusama-rpc.polkadot.io#/democracy

There is currently a Treasury proposal for using Kusama for academic robotics. https://kusama.polkassembly.io/post/297

Kappa Sigma Mu currently has 15 members, but no current candidates. There are two bids, but the pot is not big enough for either of them. https://polkadot.js.org/apps/?rpc=wss://kusama-rpc.polkadot.io#/society

Want to make your voice heard on Polkadot or Kusama? See our new walkthrough video on how to vote on referenda here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkbhhlsezGA&list=PLOyWqupZ-WGuAuS00rK-pebTMAOxW41W8&index=31

If you're interested in voting for the Polkadot or Kusama Council, there is a new walkthrough video on that as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=837Vv3gdRzI&list=PLOyWqupZ-WGuAuS00rK-pebTMAOxW41W8&index=32

You can now have your Kusama or Polkadot address registered with Ethereum Name Service. Instructions here: https://wiki.polkadot.network/docs/en/ens

There is a new RFP out, looking for a team to build an embeddable Kusama Tipping Button. https://github.com/w3f/General-Grants-Program/blob/master/rfp-proposal/ksm-tipping-button.md

The referendum for increasing the number of validators in the active set to 700 is failing. https://polkadot.js.org/apps/?rpc=wss%3A%2F%2Fkusama-rpc.polkadot.io#/democracy

The Council is now voting on the Treasury Proposal for "Hot DOT News" - https://kusama.polkassembly.io/post/292

Referendum 86, the Kusama version of Polkadot's Referendum 6 (see above), was also passed and executed. https://kusama.subscan.io/referenda/86

Referendum 86, the Kusama version of Polkadot's Referendum 6 (see above), was also passed and executed. https://kusama.subscan.io/referenda/86

There are currently two candidates for inclusion in Kappa Sigma Mu. https://polkadot.js.org/apps/?rpc=wss%3A%2F%2Fkusama-rpc.polkadot.io#/society


Tips and Tricks

Have an idea for a project which could help the Polkadot ecosystem that might be too substantial for a Treasury proposal? Submit a request to the Open Grants Program. https://github.com/w3f/Open-Grants-Program/

Want to see what Council is voting on? Go to Council→Motions and see. https://polkadot.js.org/apps/?rpc=wss://kusama-rpc.polkadot.io#/council/motions

Ever wonder why someone can get more votes for Councillor but not end up in the Council, or more stake for the validator set and yet not get elected to the active set? The wiki page Phragmen's method explains the rationale: https://guide.kusama.network/docs/en/learn-phragmen

If you want to send ALL funds from an account, when sending, turn off the Transfer (Keep Alive) toggle and then turn on the "Transfer the full account balance, reap the sender" toggle before sending.

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