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Roweback is a featur o the MediaWiki saftware that runs Wikipaedia. It allaes the last uiser's eedits on a gien page tae be unduin wi a single moose dab. On Wikipaedia, rowback is uised tae undae problematic eedits such as vandalism.

An editor wi rowback richts sees a rowback button next tae relevant reveesions on thair watchlist, in page histories an in certain ither places. A single click on this button reverses the eedit in question, as well as ony ither consecutive precedin eedits made bi the same uiser.

Rowback is available tae aw admeenistrators an can be gien tae ither uisers on request, subject tae the approval o an admeenistrator. A uiser who haes been assigned this richt explicitly is cried a rowbacker. There are currently 7 admeenistrators an 13 rowbackers (20 tot), nae includin global rowbackers who hae been assigned the richt athort aw Wikimedia projects.

Staundart rowback mey anly be uised in certain situations – editors who misuise staundart rowback (for example, bi uising it tae reverse guid-faith edits in situations whaur an explanatory eedit summary would normally be expectit) mey hae thair rowback richts removed. Syne rowback is pairt o the core admeenistrator tuils, an admin could be stripped o their admeenistrative privileges in order tae remove those tuils.

Hou it wirks[eedit soorce]

Uisers wi rowback hae extra "rowback" airtins next tae revisions on the recent chynges page, page histories, diffs, uiser contreibution pages, an thair watchleet:

Clickin ane o these airtins restores the page tae the maist recent revision that is nae made bi the reveesion's author. This appears in the page history wi a generic summary that leuks lik this:

s Revertit edits bi Uiser A (talk) tae last version bi Uiser B

An airtin tae the revertit uiser's contreibution history is providit, so that it mey be easily checked for further problematic eedits. It daes nae appear if ye are revertin contreibutions duin bi a uiser whose uisername haes been removed, the result bein:

s Revertit eedits bi (uisername removed) tae last version bi Uiser B

Note the follaein:

  • The rowback button appears anly next tae the maist recent revision o a page.
  • If the page is eeditit again afore ye click the rowback airtin, ye will get an error message instead.
  • Ye cannae choose which reveesion will be restored. It is always the last revision nae made bi the author o the maist recent reveesion. This revision mey be problematic too, sae be carefu.
  • If thare are multiple consecutive eedits tae the page bi the same author, thay will aw be revertit. Tae remove anly some o them, you must revert the chynges manually.
  • Ye cannae uise rowback on a page which haes anly been eeditit bi ane person, as thare would be nothing tae revert tae.
  • Ye cannae uise rowback tae restore a revrrsion that haes been deletit. Attemptin tae dae sae will display an error message.
  • Rowback happens immediately; thare is no confirmation or preview (altho a page is displayed allaein ye tae see the chynges ye hae made).
  • Rowbacks are automatically marked as a "smaa eedit".

When tae uise rowback[eedit soorce]

Staundart rowback is a fast way o undaein problematic eedits, but it haes the disadvantage that anly a generic eedit summary is generatit, wi no explanation o the reason for the chynge. For this reason, it is considered inappropriate tae uise it in situations whaur an explanatory eedit summary would normally be expectit. Rowback mey be uised:

  • Tae revert obvious vandalism an ither edits whaur the reason for revertin is absolutely clear
  • Tae revert eedits in yer ain uiser space
  • Tae revert eedits that ye hae made (for example, eedits that ye accidentally made)
  • Tae revert eedits bu banned uisers who are nae allaed tae eedit (but be prepared tae explain this uise o rowback when asked tae)
  • Tae revert widespread eedits (bi a misguided eeditor or malfunctionin bot) which are judged tae be unhelpfu tae the encyclopaedia, providit that an explanation is supplied in an appropriate location, such as at the relevant collogue page

Uise o staundart rowback for ony ither purposes – such as revertin guid-faith chynges which ye happen tae disagree wi – is likely tae be considered misuise o the tuil. When in doubt, uise anither method o reversion an supply an eedit summary tae explain yer reasonin.

The abuin restrictions apply tae staundart rowback, uising the generic eedit summary. If a tuil or manual method is uised tae add an appropriate explanatory eedit summary (as describit in the Addeetional tuils section ablo), then rowback mey be freely uised as wi ony ither method o revertin.

As wi ither methods o reverting, when uising rowback tae restore text tae a page, ensur that the text restored daes nae violate Wikipaedia policies.

Admeenistrators mey revoke the rowback featur or issue a block in response tae a persistent failur tae explain reverts, regairdless o the means uised. However, thay should allae the eeditor an opportunity tae explain thair uise o rowback afore takin ony action – thare mey be juistification o which the admeenistrator is nae aware (such as reversion o a banned uiser). Seemilarly, editors who eedit war mey lose the privilege regairdless o the means uised tae eedit war. Admeenistrators who persistently misuise rowback mey hae thair admeenistrator access revoked.

Requestin rowback[eedit soorce]

Tar request rowback, ask at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Rowback.

While thare is no fixed requirement, a request is unlikly tae be successfu wioot a contribution history that demonstrates an ability tae distinguish well-intentioned eedits wi meenor issues frae unconstructive vandalism.

Accidental uise o rowback[eedit soorce]

Acause rowback anly taks a single click, wioot askin for confirmation, even experienced uisers mey sometimes accidentally click rowback when (for example) merely attemptin tae click on the page in order tae scroll up or doun. If this occurs, simply revert yer eedit manually, wit an eedit summary lik "Self-revert accidental uise o rowback".

If rowback is uised accidentally instead o undae tae revert a guid faith eedit, simply mak a dummy eedit, wi an eedit summary lik "Accidental uise o rowback - reason for reversion".

Note: it is possible tae hide the [rowback] airtins at Special:Watchlist, which is the soorce o maist accidental uises, whilst leavin [rowback] airtins available in ither locations (eg diffs). See here for instructions.

See an aa[eedit soorce]