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Reverting a contribution is sometimes appropriate. However, reverting good-faith actions of other editors can also be disruptive and may lead to the reverter being temporarily [[WP:BLOCK|blocked]] from editing. The [[WP:3RR|three-revert rule]] (part of the [[WP:Edit warring|Edit warring]] policy) limits the number of times an editor can revert edits (including partial reversions) on a page.
== Before reverting ==
Consider carefully before reverting, as it rejects the contributions of another editor. Consider what you object to, and what the editor was attempting. Can you improve the edit, bringing progress, rather than reverting it? Can you [[Wikipedia:Reverting#Do a partial reversion when appropriate|revert only part of the edit]], or do you need to revert the whole thing?
In the edit summary or on the talk page, succinctly explain why the change you are reverting was a bad idea or why reverting it is a better idea. In cases of blatant vandalism, uncontroversially disruptive changes or unexplained removals, the amount of explanation needed is minimal. But in the event of a content dispute, a convincing politely-worded explanation gains much importance and avoids unnecessary disputes.
==Manual reverting==
There are several ways to revert edits. A reversion can be carried out manually by editing the page to delete wrongly added text or restore wrongly deleted text. You can do this by copying and pasting text from a past version.
You can also restore a past version of the page. To do this:
* Click the "View history" tab at the top of the page to display the [[Help:Page history|page history]].
* Click the time and date of the earlier version to which you want to revert. You will see a phrase similar to: ''"This is an old revision of this page, as edited by [[User:Example]] (talk) at 15:47, January 24, {{math|{{CURRENTYEAR}}|-|1}}. '''The present address (URL) is a permanent link to this revision, which may differ significantly from the current revision'''."''
**'''Important:''' In the case of [[WP:Vandalism|vandalism]], there may be multiple consecutive vandal edits or they may be interspersed between constructive edits. Be sure not to revert constructive edits by simply choosing the last version before the vandalism occurred. In these cases the vandalism should be removed manually.
* Click the "Edit" tab as you normally would. (Above the edit box, you will see a warning similar to: "You are editing an old revision of this page. If you save it, any changes made since then will be removed. You may want to edit the current revision instead.") If editing requires a registered account, log in first, or go to the article's Talk page and ask a registered editor to take care of the matter.
* Explain what you're doing in the [[Wikipedia:edit summary|edit summary]] field. Use complete words, not abbreviations. For example, "Reverting" or "Reverting vandalism."
* Preview the page.
* Publish changes.
* Optional: Go to the Talk page and explain what you've done, and why.