How to become part of the Polkadot/Kusama ecosystem

The first few hours and days understanding the Polkadot/Kusama/Substrate ecosystem can be rough. Where do you start your journey? Where do you get information? What can you trust?

To find your way around, we created this little guide with the most important websites and communities for your journey into the ecosystem:

We will look into:

  • Core information and sources

This article is also available as video:

Core Information & Sources

The single most important source when you are just starting out is the official Polkadot Wiki. It explains basic concepts and is not shy to go deep an relevant concepts that they introduce into the blockchain world. The Kusama Wiki will go into details where things get more experimental or might be different from Polkadot.

On-Chain

To get insights into what is happening on-chain, use the Polkadot.js.org App (aka Portal) and see what is happening in governance via Polkassembly.

Explorers

There are three commonly known blockchain explorers, these are subscan.io, polkascan.io and polkastats.io

Official Channels

The Community page offers all the channels. Communication of the core community happens mostly in Riot/Element.

Price

The best aggregator for price information so far is dotmarketcap.com. They also offer info on Tokens and Tokenomics.

News & Latest Developments

YouTube

The YouTube Bubble isn’t too big yet and next to yours truly, only a few channels exist:

Podcasts

Social Media

  • The ecosystem has a strong Twitter game with a lot of core people participating there. Our Twitter account has curated lists of important channels: Lists

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