Rollback is a one click revert, when you rollback, you revert all of the last contributor's edits. You do not need to confirm this action, so it is good for reverting mass vandalism, e.g. page blankings.
Bureaucrats would probably give rollback to users they've seen reverting a lot; after every major vandalism spree, you almost always see two or three users in RC doing all the work — giving them a bit of extra tools for that seems like a good plan.
Rollback is not a special user status, it is only a tool to help with reverting vandalism.
You can recognize rollback on RC by the edit summary stored in MediaWiki:Revertpage: (Rolled back edits by $2 (talk) to last version by $1).
How reverting a vandal works:
- Open the history of a vandalized page and wait for history to load.
- Find the most recent version before the vandal's edit and go to that version and wait for page to load.
- Hit edit at that version and wait for page to load.
- Hit save, then move on to do something else in a different window/tab.
- Go to the vandal's Contributions page and wait for it to load.
- Ctrl+Click on all the Rollback links on that page, and move on to do something else in a different window/tab.
They do the same thing, but Rollback is significantly easier and faster.
Every user has access to (undo) on the revision difference and revision history screens.
- Undo can be attempted on all diffs. Rollback can only be performed against the most recent revision of a page.
- Undo requires choosing a particular range of revisions to undo. Rollback automatically targets all consecutive revisions performed by the most recent contributor.
- Undo can undo a range of edits by different users. Rollback only affects an unbroken sequence of edits by the most recent contributor.
- When performing an undo, additional edits may be performed in the wiki text, and edit summary may be edited. Rollback automatically revert to the version before the current contributor, and the edit summary cannot be altered.
- Undo requires an additional "Save" click. Rollback is performed as soon as as the "Rollback" link is clicked.
- When the original article contains a link blacklisted by the spam filter, a regular Undo cannot be saved until the link is removed from the blacklist or added to the whitelist. Rollback can directly "edit" the page back to the original version.
- All the revisions that are reverted stay in the page history. The Undo/Rollback action effectively act as a new edit on top of the previous edits that brings the article to the state of a prior version.
When to use it:
- Undo can be used for anything, including content dispute, as long as it doesn't break 1RV. It is expected that the edit summary is manually modified to explain content edits.
- Rollback should only be used against obvious vandalism. Whenever good-faith can be assumed, rollback should not be used, and instead a manual reversion/undo should be performed. This is because rollback does not allow you to modify the edit summary to explain why you are reverting.