At Steve’s request I have agreed to help prepare a guidance “page” on how to cite Chinese philosophy-related texts (classical and post-classical), and how to use the citations you see. But I don’t know much about that, so please send help!
The page would be for complete novices and professional scholars, covering alternate systems and giving a few pros and cons (not conclusions). Hopefully the page would also be a resource for people trying to figure out how to use mysterious citation numbers they see. To make all systems work better.
Mostly what I can do is prepare a kind of structure for a guidance page, to be filled in by people who know what they’re talking about.
For any text where there is no agreed mode of fine-grained edition-independent citation, I’ll want to include a short list of the best options, best editions (even if these are only translations or web pages). For example, it looks like Bryan’s Mengzi is worth special mention because it has numbers for units smaller than chapters. NB: for almost every text, I have no clue what to list.
One kind of issue would be e.g. whether to say 1A7 or 1a7 or 1A/7 or whatever; but most important issue is how to find some kind of numbers for e.g. the Liji and which ones to use.
Please send me all information and ideas you would like to see reflected in such a guidance page; or post it here below or under the May 29 post. My email is haines followed by my initial w (for William) and then 88, at gmail.
Based on what I get, I’ll draft what little I can and circulate it among the people who have sent me something or commented on one of the relevant threads here, and anyone who tells me they want to receive the draft, and anyone else I’m told to send it to.
After something is posted, ideally it would receive constant revision.