I've just edited my post and I saw this in the corner:


I did not receive the rollback badge for this. But how can it display me it will be a rollback, but it won't count for a rollback?

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    Key word is effectively
    – OGHaza
    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:53
  • True rollback is when you click the "rollback" link in the post revision list. Otherwise it's just and edit. Jan 14, 2014 at 10:12

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You edited an old revision of the post, you did not actually perform a rollback. As OGHaza astutely points out, the keyword in that message is "effectively".

You get a Clean Up badge when you perform your first rollback, not your first edit that is similar to a rollback.

To rollback (and hence be qualified for the Clean Up badge), you actually need to click the rollback link

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To get the rollback link, you need to access the revision history of the post by clicking the "edited X min ago" link to the left of your user card:

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But the link won't show up unless the post has more than 1 revision, and you have full edit privileges on the post in question, meaning:

  • you are the owner of the post
  • have 2K rep
  • have 100 rep and the post in question is Community Wiki.

See also the entry What is a 'rollback'?

  • Additional question, when is that button visible?
    – Rob
    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:13
  • I believe it doesn't show up unless you have full edit privileges on the post, meaning it is one of your own posts or you have 2K rep. Jan 14, 2014 at 10:14
  • Alright, I have 1200+ points on SO, but never seen a button like that. Not on my own question or answer, that's why I wondered why my "rollback" didn't work. Thanks
    – Rob
    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:15
  • @Robuust you obviously need multiple revisions to a post to rollback too. Since ShadowWizard edited your question, you should see the rollback link when you view the revisions of this question. Jan 14, 2014 at 10:21
  • Example: stackoverflow.com/questions/19246839/… Where should I see my button, as I truly cannot find it.
    – Rob
    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:25
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    @Robuust you have to view the revisions of the post. For that specific question, the page is here. To get there, you have to click the "edited X mins ago" link to the left of your user card under your question. I have edited a screenshot into my answer for you Jan 14, 2014 at 10:32

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