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Yes, not very often. A miner can assemble a block full of transactions it made itself or from others that pay no gas. If the miner finds a nonce then the miner can commit that block. However, consensus algorithms make it difficult for a lone miner to win the privilege of doing it. Mining pools are uniquely positioned to leverage transient miner advantages. ...


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but how exactly are all of these transaction fees sent to the miner who mines the block? They are not really sent anywhere - they don't need to be. When a block is mined by a given miner, the consensus protocol ensures that the rest of the network becomes (eventually) consistent, meaning that all other miners accept the approved block, and get on with ...


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