Apparently, blockchain.com stopped to provide such information in 2017. Obviously, we still have orphaned/stale blocks in Bitcoin (see, e.g., BitMEX Research: Bitcoin Has a Stale Block For The First Time Since October 2019). It looks that in 2020 we have less orphaned blocks than before, but I would like to compare this more strictly. So, I have the following questions:

  1. Where could I find a reliable and up-to-date source for such information?
  2. Is it really nowadays we have fewer stale/orphaned blocks in Bitcoin compared to, e.g., 2016?
    • If so, what's the reasoning behind this? As I understand, the larger block size (now is around 1.2 Mb, and in 2016 it was around 0.5 Mb) should result in a larger number of orphaned blocks, but it looks, that's not the case in reality.
    • Were there introduced any changes in the Bitcoin protocol to address this?
    • Does the (improved) relay network makes this difference?

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