As many of our online readers have noticed over the past week, the Yale Daily News has temporarily closed its online discussion forums. The News is currently reviewing the nature of the forums and will reopen them by the end of the semester. The decision to close the forums is part of a three-month-long review process. A recent statement by the organization Concerned Black Students at Yale wrongly suggests that the forums were closed after the posting of “multiple anonymous, racist and threatening” messages. We will review the anonymity of the posting system, the way posts are screened for objectionable language and offensive content, and the policy that guides the decision to remove individual posts. Readers with comments about the posting system should send an e-mail to