Disclaimer: I am new to this forum and Bitcoin/cryptocurrency in general.

After all 21 million bitcoins are released into circulation, it seems that the incentive to mine is gone unless transaction fees are used. But if transaction fees are too high the incentive to use Bitcoin is reduced.

If the block size is increased the total number of transactions per block would increase, which results in more total reward for that block. This would also allow individual transaction fees to be quite low.

So, is this a feasible way to solve the "End of mining" problem?

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    Why do you believe the limiter right now is the block size? The average block is under half full, there's no indication that transaction volume is at all hampered by it whatsoever.
    – Claris
    Aug 20, 2015 at 21:58
  • I didn't mean that the block size is a current issue. I was merely asking if increasing the block size would be helpful in the future when all bitcoins have been released into circulation. I agree it is not currently a pressing issue. Aug 21, 2015 at 4:00
  • Now I see the confusion I have edited the question for clarity. Aug 21, 2015 at 4:03
  • I was mostly commenting on the phrase about increasing the block size increases the number of transactions. Part of the reason for a limit to begin with is to discourage people from making abusive transactions that say, attempted to store the entire 7 seasons of Futurama in transactions. I don't think there's a block size big enough to absorb all possible misuse of the block chain.
    – Claris
    Aug 21, 2015 at 4:03

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That will be part of the solution, of course. But it's already assumed that in the far future there will be more transactions. That's not a solution in and of itself.

Keep in mind also, that the more transactions there are, the more valuable the system is, and so the greater the incentive to attack, and the more mining is required to defend it.

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