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I’m seeing a few of these ghost blocks in the past days. How often does this occur? Is it possible that some mining pool has found a way to withhold their finding of a hash to print more btc without mining transactions?

I’m seeing a few of these ghost blocks in the past days. How often does this occur? Is it possible that some mining pool has found a way to withhold their finding of a hash to print more btc without mining transactions?



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  1. Miners don’t have to include any transactions but they will lose money if they don’t. Those block usually occurs when a miners didn’t prepare a candidate block in advance and finds a valid block before he was able to include new transactions

  2. I’ve seen them a few times over the past few weeks. It looks like 2 blocks are found one right after the other. Kind of strange to me as well as no transactions are confirmed in these

  3. It’s not withholding and not printing. It’s an allowed behavior. Early days maybe 30% of blocks were like this. Now the fees are substantial and maybe 10% or less (of ALL existing) blocks are like this. It’s fine. Not ideal, but fine.

    Approximately 91K blocks out of 678,348 or ~13.41% of blocks have only coinbase transaction. I’m sure it’s easy enough to get exact numbers but it’s close enough.

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