A week in Polkadot: November 2 - 9, 2020

By Web3 Foundation | Polkadot | 9 Nov 2020


Polkadot News

Polkadot News

Bruno Škvorc, Technical Educator at Web3 Foundation, showed how to add your own Substrate pallets to a blockchain (increasing its functionality). https://www.crowdcast.io/e/substrate-pallets/

Bruno is also a Polkadot and Kusama Councillor; this is his most recent Transparency Report about how he voted and why. https://bruno.id/council-participation-report-02112020/

Patract Hub’s treasury proposal for Elara v0.2 has passed. https://polkadot.polkassembly.io/motion/33

Council Voting on Motion #34 , "OpenSquare's treasury proposal for a knowledge tip authoring tool" has begun. https://polkadot.polkassembly.io/motion/34

Council Voting on Motion #35 , for Polkascan operating expenses, has begun. https://polkadot.polkassembly.io/motion/35

Discussion on restricting validator commission changes is still ongoing. Raul recently left a good summary of the discussion on the Polkadot Direction channel in the issue. https://github.com/paritytech/substrate/issues/6920

Remember when viewing council proposals, they can be passed as either "approve" or "reject". This can be a bit confusing if one motion is to approve and another is to reject a proposal: Ayes will mean the opposite action for each. https://polkadot.js.org/apps/#/council/motions

Polkadot 0.8.26 has been released! This is a MEDIUM priority upgrade with logging fixes, some RPC calls marked unsafe, and of course native support for new runtimes. https://github.com/paritytech/polkadot/releases/tag/v0.8.26

Interested in getting funding for your Polkadot project? Bruno walks through all the different ways you can finance its development. https://www.crowdcast.io/e/web3funding

Bruno Škvorc is also a member of the Polkadot and Kusama Council. He explains his recent votes. https://bruno.id/council-participation-report-05112020/

Tips and Tricks

Remember that you have to unlock your tokens after your democracy locks expire! https://wiki.polkadot.network/docs/en/maintain-guides-democracy#unlocking-locked-tokens

Did you know you can contribute to the Polkadot Wiki? There are open issues here and content is all written in Markdown. https://github.com/w3f/polkadot-wiki/issues

Do you know who your Councillors are? Polkadot and Kusama use an approval voting mechanism to determine who represents passive stakeholders. Vote here: https://polkadot.js.org/apps/#/council

One of the best places to see what's happening in the Polkadot ecosystem is to see what grants are being given by the W3F. Latest acceptances from the general grants program are here: https://github.com/w3f/General-Grants-Program/blob/master/grants/accepted_grant_applications.md#wave-8

Acceptances into the Open Grants Program are here: https://github.com/w3f/Open-Grants-Program/tree/master/applications

Want to contribute to a Polkadot or Kusama project, but not sure what to do? The Grants program has outlined their priorities here: https://github.com/w3f/General-Grants-Program/blob/master/grants/polkadot_stack.md

 

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