The Problem with Googling Mahjong (content generation)

There’s been a trend by a few websites aggregating news relating to mahjong simply by saying “dear google, mahjong me my website, me love you longtime”. Now, I’m not writing this out of a spiteful feeling towards a specific website, as I’ve seen it in a few places, so I’ll put my disclaimer at the end of the article. But here we go: Why is some suicide in the backwater of Hong Kong relevant to mahjong?

(kid to mom): ‘Goodbye, daddy and mummy. Mum, don’t play mahjong again,’

This isn’t going to foster growth, generate real content, or entice people to play, no matter if you intend to promote riichi, MCR (whatever that is) or mahjong in a general touchy-feely way. It relives horror stories to the Asian player base about someone’s uncle’s cousin’s (insert relative here) that lost his restaurant or plays her senior time away 17 hours a day, 17 days at a time, gives stereotypes to non-Asian people that mahjong is a game that is even “worse” than poker’s wild wild west days (just think Clint Eastwood without a gun, replaced by a rocket launcher), and turns the game into a source for gossip rather than a tactical and intellectual game.

I’m not going to say that people have a moral obligation to generate content with a plus-value attached. I’m not pulling the best weight around here, but then again, there isn’t a site that does related to mahjong. (IF you want to raise one exception, it’s Sloperama, Tom’s been putting up with a lot of crap from people missing basic skills, like the ability to read and understand for well over a decade). We try our best and do what we can. I just don’t think that you can replace not posting with crap talking about solitaire, or how mahjong ruins society, or believe it or not, creating false impressions comparing people from region A with people from region B alluding that they’re equal at game A trying to rub off some of their glory at game B.

P.S.: There’s also the concept of an individual googling for mahjong information, a topic not discussed here at this time, but will be soon after writing about a different topic.
P.S.2: This article may have warranted a slight review, but we’ve got content to generate now!

Disclaimer: Yes, we saw this on – I’ve seen it elsewhere, and this is by far, not the only article to come up in the newsfeed of that or any other site I frequent. There’s no prejudice here, I wanted to talk about the article and its implications, not its source or the most prominent place the article was displayed.

4 thoughts on “The Problem with Googling Mahjong (content generation)

  1. You know you are semi-famous in uselessland when you see a website that does nothing but mirror your website wholesale. Osamu found it when googling himself as part of his daily routine.

  2. For me, it’s more like “Google Mahjong… Oh, yay, taipei solitaire… this sh1t isn’t mahjong.”

    I actually get kind of pissed of when I read some of the questions in Tom’s site. Especially one about the value of hon-itsu.

    >You know you are semi-famous in uselessland when you see a website that does nothing but mirror your website wholesale.

    lol? Link?

  3. The guy who stole the osamuko posts actually removed them, but kept all the other posts he stole from other sites.

    The only thing worse than having your stuff stolen is having some of it returned. I guess he got around to actually reading them. =3=

  4. Ahaha, that’s kinda a double-fail.

    I always thought the things wrote in here were great, and of great help, as there are no other interesing resources in English. I have always regarded Osamuko as a important waypoint in my way of mahjong. My only regret was that there weren’t enough articles in here — or at least ont about another certain topics that I think are very important.

    Nowadays, I have come to understand mahjong terminology to a point where I can just read and learn from any Japanese site, but that doesn’t mean I don’t regard Osamuko as a great and useful portal off itself. In fact, I would love to contribute with some guidelines/articles in some subjects that I have read about; for example, theory of tile efficiency (hairi/pairi).

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