I have just realized that even though the total Stake reported on My Account > Staking also includes Unclaimed Token Rewards - the rewards themselves, as reported in Unclaimed Earnings, need to be claimed first in order to bond them afterward.
I had mistakenly thought the process was automated as the amount reported in Stake increased from round to round.
Should unclaimed earnings be claimed after each round?
In any event, I am now trying to use the Claim Stake & Fees function to claim the unclaimed rewards earned during my first 14 rounds of participation.
The problem is tha tthe transaction seems to be “stuck”, as “Claim Earnings” shows up in the MetaMask account, but the status has been pending for the past couple of hours now.
I have tried cancelling and increasing the gas to medium and high to see if that helps, but the transaction status stays stuck in pending.
Ultimately, I am not able to claim my rewards in order to stake them.
Can someone please assist?