This guide explains how to stake on Polkadot.
Kusama is the beta “CanaryNet” for Polkadot. It is a separate network with its own native KSM token, which is different from the Polkadot network and its native DOT token. More information on Kusama can be found here.
All of the mechanics described on this page apply to both Kusama and Polkadot. But always make sure you double-check which network you are performing actions on.
About Nomination on Polkadot
In Polkadot, nomination is the process of staking your tokens behind a validator to earn rewards. Validators provide security to the network and support the production of new blocks. In other DPoS networks, nomination is frequently called delegation, but we will use the Polkadot term “nomination” throughout our documentation for clarity and correctness.
NOTE: This guide was produced in June 2020. The Polkadot JS UI may change over time as upgrades are released.