A block that is part of an alternative branch in the blockchain and doesn't belong to the longest chain. Stale blocks occur when the blockchain forks, but another competing block at the same height ends up parenting the new longest chain.

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Selfish Mining: stale or orphan?

In terms of a selfish attack many sources speak of orphaned blocks, i.e. blocks that are not on the main chain and thus not paying any coinbase transaction to its miner. Still I'm not sure and ...
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Orphaned blocks on September 13, 2014

I'm new in the Bitcoin World. Today I did my second transaction for just 0.005 BTC but 2 hours after, it's unconfirmed yet. The transaction is in the block 320385 and it is orphaned. I saw the ...
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How is over-spending one block apart prevented?

So, let's say you have a wallet with 20BTC, and you have a flow like so: You send 15BTC to A in block 1 You send 15BTC to B in block 2 What happens if at block 1 there are two chains across ...
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How often forks occur?

How often do forks occur in the block chain? I'm interested in the small, one block forks that happen when two miners create a block at the similar time.