Kusama

Last updated: Aug 02 2020

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Kusama is a canary network for Polkadot.

It enables developers to build and deploy a parachain or experiment with Polkadot’s governance, staking, nomination and validation functionality in a real environment.

service fee

10% of rewards

Minimum Stake

0.1

Unbonding Period

7 Days

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Delegation Instructions

Important: Fake URLs impersonating the secure wallets and UIs used to delegate are circulating on the internet. Always confirm you are using the exact sites we link to here:

  • https://guide.kusama.network/
  • https://support.ledger.com/hc/en-us/articles/360016289979-Kusama-KSM-
  • https://polkadot.js.org/apps/#/explorer


Before you start

Before you begin, please be sure you have claimed your KSM. If you need help claiming your token, follow this guide.

1. IMPORT YOUR STASH*

*If you have already imported your Kusama stash to the Polkadot UI, skip to step 2.

The current version of the Polkadot.js extension requires you to first create an account before you can import your own stash account. You may delete this account after you have imported your stash.

  1. Install the Polkadot.js extension
  2. Click the extension icon in your browser
  3. Click + to add an account
  4. Copy the provided mnemonic seed
  5. Enter a name for your account
  6. Enter a password
  7. Verify the password
  8. Click Add the account with the generated seed
  9. Click + in the top right corner
  10. Click Import account from have a pre-existing seed, import the account
  11. Enter the your mnemonic seed for your stash account
  12. Name the account
  13. Create a password & verify
  14. Click Add the account with the supplied seed

2. IMPORT OR CREATE YOUR CONTROLLER*

* You can use your stash as your controller, however, for security reasons, we recommend you create a separate controller address. If you are importing an existing controller account, repeat step 1 with your controller mnemonic.

  1. Open the Polkadot.js extension
  2. Click +
  3. Click Create New Account
  4. Enter the password for your stash account
  5. Click Create derived account
  6. Name the controller account
  7. Create a password & verify
  8. Click Create derived account
  9. Save your seed in a safe place

3. TRANSFER KSM TO YOUR CONTROLLER TO PAY FOR YOUR TRANSACTION FEES*

*If your controller already has 5–10 KSM funds in it, skip to step 4.

  1. Go to Polkadot UI
  2. Click TRANSFER under ACCOUNTS in the top navigation
  3. Select your stash as the send from account
  4. Select your controller as the send to address
  5. Enter the amount of KSM you want to transfer to your controller. You will need 1 KSM for your “existential deposit” (the minimum balance the network requires to keep your account open) and 5-10 KSM to cover transaction fees.
  6. Click Make Transfer
  7. Click Sign and Submit
  8. Enter your stash password in the pop up
  9. Click Sign the transaction

4. BOND YOUR KSM and NOMINATE BISON TRAILS’ VALIDATORS

  1. Go to Polkadot UI
  2. Click STAKING under NETWORK in the top navigation
  3. Select the ACCOUNT ACTIONS in the Staking navigation at the top
  4. Select + NOMINATOR at the top right of the screen
  5. In the modal, select your stash account and, if applicable, controller account
  6. Double check your controller has the nominal funds (6-11 KSM) it needs for the “existential deposit” and to pay for transaction fees.
  7. In the value bonded field, input the amount of KSM you’d like to bond. If you’d like to bond all of your KSM, leave 5-10 KSM in your stash account for transaction fees
  8. Select your preferred payment destination:

    Select Stash account (increase the amount at stake) to compound your rewards on your Stash account (most common), or

    Select Stash account (do not increase the amount at stake) to leave your rewards un-bonded and spendable in your Stash account
  9. Click NEXT
  10. Disable autoselect to enable searching for nominators
  11. Search for and select the Bison Trails validators, BisonTrails and BisonTrails2. Selecting all nodes will distribute stake among them evenly.
  12. Click Bond & Nominate
  13. Click Sign and Submit
  14. Enter your stash password in the pop up
  15. Click Sign the transaction
  16. Wait for the Transaction Success banner to pop up. This process can take a while if the network is behind.

Congratulations! You are now nominating the Bison Trails validators.

Support

We are available to answer your questions 9am–6pm ET Monday-Friday. Please contact us: support@bisontrails.co



FAQ

Kusama has two participatory reward mechanisms. Its native rate of participatory rewards is determined by the staking rate of the protocol, capping out at 10% when 50% of the protocol’s tokens are staked.

Additionally, 1% of DOTs (native to Polkadot) will be distributed as rewards to Kusama participants. The reward distribution mechanism has not yet been determined, as the Polkadot protocol is still under development.

We increase participatory reward earnings by enabling customers to easily scale their validator count and distribute stake to increase presence in the active validator set.

In Kusama, only the 64 largest delegators to a validator will receive rewards. You can see the list of all delegators on Bison Trails’ validators in the Polkadot UI when searching for Validator 1.

If a validator doesn't follow protocol rules, Kusama slashes their bonded tokens as well as the KSM delegated to them.

Slashing primarily happens for one of the two reasons outlined below.

  • Double signing: If someone reports on chain A that a validator signed two blocks at the same height on chain A and chain B, the validator will get slashed on chain A.
  • Downtime: If a validator’s signature has not been included in the last X blocks, the validator will get slashed by a marginal amount proportional to X. If X is above a certain limit Y, then the validator will get unbonded.

Bison Trails’ takes these risks extremely seriously and have built our infrastructure to protect our customers and minimize slashing risk.

Bison Trails charges an percentage service fee on all rewards earned by tokens delegated to our validator. The service fee is paid to Bison Trails automatically by the protocol. You can then withdraw your rewards from the protocol directly.

Interested in delegating on other protocols?

Have tokens on other networks? Learn more about delegating to our public validators on Celo, Cosmos, Edgeware, Livepeer, Ontology, Polkadot, Solana, and more. We also offer dedicated participation clusters.


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