Community Call Oct 2022: Polkadot Governance Recap

Here is the recap of the most interesting proposals of the month on Polkadot Network

Governance proposals:

  • Referendum 78, aiming to set up the initial configuration for Polkadot nomination pools, is currently up for vote with six days left. This first configuration defines 1 DOT required to join a pool, 200 DOTs to create a pool and a maximum of 64 pools and 16k members in all pools.

  • Referendum 79, aiming to upgrade Polkadot Runtime to v9291 as well as Statemint to v9280, has been successfully enacted.

  • Referendum 80, seeking sufficiency for USDT on Statemint, is currently passing with 98% in favour and only 18 days left to vote. A token is sufficient when it can pay transaction fees and exist on accounts without requiring DOT tokens for existential deposit.

  • Referendum 81, aiming to register the Collectives Common Good Parachain for a four years lease, is passing with 99% in favour with 24 days left to vote. The first collective to form will likely be the Polkadot Alliance, but this parachain will also support other collectives to serve Polkadot network’s functionalities, including the Fellowship.

  • An external Motion 283, aiming to enact the same call as Referendum 74(failed to execute), has passed a Council vote. The proposal aims to open HRMP channels between 6 chains and Statemint, and as it is an external motion, it is expected to be up for a vote by the community soon to finalise.


  • After successful approval of the motion, Referendum 77 for Gossamer to provide the functionality needed to bring true client diversity to the Polkadot ecosystem by Chainsafe is currently up for a community vote. Offering alternative frameworks in other programming languages should be a high-valued goal of the Polkadot community as it opens up the ecosystem to a larger pool of engineers; hence the goal is to develop a Polkadot host written in Go, used to build and run nodes for different blockchain protocols compatible with the Polkadot ecosystem.

  • Motion 277, aiming to cover Polkadot ecosystem participation in WebSummit organised and by Polkadot Bloc with the participation of other Polkadot ecosystem teams, has passed a Council vote.

  • As a part of “The Green Polkadot Project”, motions 271 and 280, aiming to measure carbon emission and decarbonise the networks, have passed Council vote! The first proposal by Bitgreen and Evercity aims to develop a report and dashboard to measure the collective carbon footprint of the entire Polkadot and Kusama networks, and the second by Sequester - a potential common good chain to allow any parachain to become climate-positive, seeking to cover Milestone I of their initial proposition development.