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What is the difference between a hard fork and a soft fork? [duplicate]

A fork is a splitting of the blockchain. But what is the difference between a hard fork and a soft fork?
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Who determines a hard fork [duplicate]

I'm trying to really get a deep understanding of the roles miners and nodes play in enforcing the Bitcoin rules. If a hard fork is presented, who determines if the fork is accepted, nodes or miners? I ...
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What is the longest blockchain fork that has been orphaned to date?

The orphaned blocks view from BlockChain.info shows a recent fork of the blockchain (starting with block 173,928) that went four blocks long before being orphaned. Other than the controlled rewind ...
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Is there a difference between bytes and virtual bytes (vbytes)?

In an Optech newsletter, size is referred to using vbytes. Is there a difference between vbytes and bytes? If so, what is the difference?
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What is a hard fork?

When people talk about possible changes to how Bitcoin works they sometimes say a particular change would require a hard fork. What does that mean? Can a hard fork cause problems?
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Has a hard fork ever occurred?

BIP 50 describes the 2013 event in which a block chain fork persisted for several hours. Its first paragraph reads: A block that had a larger number of total transaction inputs than previously seen ...
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Can old coins be banned by a soft fork?

Satoshi Nakamoto is supposed to own 1.000.000 bitcoins on a thousands of wallets, and most of them are untouched since early blocks. This stake can potentially flood the market, so miners could ...
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Can blocks remain capped to 1MB forever?

This is perhaps more of an economics question than a bitcoin question, but I'm wondering if it would be viable to leave the block size capped at 1MB for all time and simply let a series of rules ...
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Halving reward, price effects? [duplicate]

What is the case after halving reward takes place: Would bitcoin price gets double, since its harder to mine? Would Blockchain introduces more blocks (e.g: 1/5mins)?
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What happen if some blocks are added simultaneously with same previous hash

In all of the blockchain samples that I see e.g. adilmoujahid, Savjee as I checked, they added previous Hash by creating a block. Suppose that, L is the current last block in a chain. Block A and ...
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How exactly are Bitcoin's consensus rules enforced?

There are some rules called consensus rules, for example the block generation amount. And it is said that "a change to consensus rules is a hard-fork". But how exactly are the consensus ...
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What is "Emergent Consensus" as a Mining Pool Support proposal?

I would regularly check coin.dance/blocks for updates on Segregated Witness and Bitcoin Unlimited popularity among miners. Another proposal called "Emergent Consensus" has appeared. Could someone ...
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Why is it dangerous to hard fork the Bitcoin network?

In the blocksize debate it is often stated that hard forks are dangerous. This is sometimes supported by the claim that "people may lose money and must be protected". And that it's impossible to ...
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Is every BIP actually a small fork?

What precisely do we consider as fork? It seems that every BIP can be seen as a fork, at least a soft fork since a lot of BIPs indeed are backward compatible. How big or impactful something has to be ...
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Can new types of transactions be included the current block chain?

I was putting an answer for this question together when I realised my idea would require a new type of transaction to be invented and included in blocks. Then I wondered how that could work. There ...
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