- If you are requesting rollback rights from an administrator, please visit the request for rollback page.
Rollback examples is a partial list of cases when to use the rollback feature and when not to use it. This list should not be considered complete.
The rollback tool allows a user to revert all consecutive edits made by the most recent contributor of a page to the last version by a different user. Use of this tool is limited to users with the rollback right and administrators.
When to use rollback
Rollback is a counter-vandalism tool and should be primarily used to revert obvious cases of vandalism. Page blanks, offensive content, insertion of false or deceptive information, etc. should all be reverted in this manner. Additionally, undoing an edit without an edit summary is the equivalent of using rollback.
- Replacing or blanking portions of a page
- Offensive content
- Deceptive information
- General nonsense
- Inappropriate personal information (no examples provided for obvious reasons)
- External links to spam/harmful sites (no examples provided for obvious reasons)
When not to use rollback
Rollback is an essential tool when combating vandalism. However, it does not provide an adequate summary when undoing edits which are not obvious vandalism. Some edits may not conform to the guidelines outlined in the style guide or may be unintentionally incorrect. For such edits, it is essential to assume good faith and give a proper undo summary. The summary is essential for other experienced editors who are reviewing the history of that page as it allows them to know why you reverted the edit without the need to contact you. If an edit seems to be on the borderline of using rollback, assume good faith and undo the edit with an explanatory summary.
- Contributions that don't comply with the style guide
- Unintentionally adding incorrect information
- Unnecessary/other edits
- IP edits to user pages which are not vandalism.
This list should not be considered to be complete. Rather, it exists to give a rough idea when rollback should be used versus undo.