Is there a community recognized way to hook up with other players that have crafting skills I don't have (for purposes of processing raw materials into ingredients my recipes call for)
As a new LOTRO player, I just found out that picking a profession with its associated crafting skills can put one in a position where it is not possible to craft one's own recipes because they have ingredient requirements that seem to be unavailable from in-game vendors. LOTRO is an MMO after all, so it certainly makes sense that collaboration with other players is required.
It almost goes without saying that that building a cadre of "friends" would be a good way to do this long term, so perhaps the question could be restated by asking if there are recognized ways to locate people that are willing to team specifically for purposes of crafting.
LOTRO has some in-game tools for hooking up with other players (i.e. the instance finder, global chat, and IM).
Global chat understandably seems ineffective for this sort of thing as it is difficult to really monitor global chat while playing. If one posts a query or request for help, one would hope the response would be an IM so one would not have to idle while watching the chat screen to avoid missing a reply there, but, it seems significant that it is difficult to effectively watch the Global chat to see other people making such requests, so I would not even be an effective help to others.
After trying global chat without results, I hung out in a crafting area where new players obtain a profession and are taught new skills, then just waited, and waited, and waited... until a player appeared to be crafting the type of item I needed. I could then IM the player and ask if they'd be amenable to helping out, trading, etc. (I had raw materials and was willing to trade for more than the XP they'd get from processing my materials). The experience wasn't very fun, but eventually I found someone helpful.
Does anyone have other suggestions for methods of hooking up, or even other solutions to the root problem of not finding in-game vendors of ingredients I need?