|Tutorial 7||Wiki Ethics | Recent Changes | Diff & History Links | Reverting | Show me how | Summary & FAQs|
To revert a page is to undo all the changes made to that page after a specific time in the past. The result will be a page identical in content to the page as it was saved at that time. Reverting is a decision that should be taken seriously and is primarily used for fighting vandalism. If you are not sure whether reverting is appropriate, discuss it first using the discussion or talk pages rather than immediately reverting or deleting. If you feel an edit is unsatisfactory, try improving it rather than simply reverting or deleting it.
To revert a page to an earlier version:
- On the page you wish to revert, click on the History tab. Then click on the time and date of the earlier version you intend to revert to. It will not work if you click on 'cur', 'last', or "Compare selected versions".
- When the page displays, you will see text similar to this: (Revision as of 15:35, 21 December 2006;) at the top of the page below the page's title.
- You can navigate backwards or forwards through the chronology of changes by using the '←Older revision | Current revision | Newer revision→' links.
- Verify that you've selected the desired former version of the page, then click a link to edit the page as you would normally.
- You'll get a prominent warning, displayed above the edit box, about editing an out-of-date revision.
- Ignore this warning and save the page. Be sure to add the word "revert" (or "rv") to the edit summary.