Polkadot Digest 18 Oct 2023

Polkadot News

With less than a day to go before the end of the current parachain lease auction, anonymous parathread ID 3353 has been in the lead the entire Ending Period. Auctions and crowdloans on Polkadot & Kusama networks | Parachains.info

The Polkadot Twitter channel hosted a discussion with Zeitgeist yesterday about forecasting and prediction markets. A recording is available here: https://twitter.com/ZeitgeistPM/status/1714252381557235755

The staking rate on Polkadot has increased slightly over the last 24 hours to 48.91%. Polkadot Staking Dashboard | Polkadot Staking (DOT)

The Treasury-funded Polkadot Ecology Research Institute has published the latest edition of the Polkadot Growth Strategy Report. Polkadot Growth Strategy Report: Building a Continuously Growing Future for Polkadot

Kusama News

With slightly under four days left in the current parachain lease auction, t3rn Kusama is in the lead, but Zero has also been in the lead during the Ending Period. Kusama Auctions and Crowdloans | Parachains.info

This means that either could win the current auction, depending on what Ending Block is chosen. For details, see Parachain Slot Auctions · Polkadot Wiki

If you are running a parachain on the Rococo testnet, your node dependencies will have to be updated to 1.2.0, due to the move to async backing. There is a fix upcoming, so this will not be necessary for future upgrades - Do not force collators to update after enabling async backing by bkchr · Pull Request #1920 · paritytech/polkadot-sdk · GitHub