Step 1: If you are a career crafter/gatherer, allocate all your stat points towards defense as you level up.
Step 2: Only craft and gather in areas within your skill-level.
Step 3: Run-away if an aggroing mob pops near you.
Step 3a: If you followed steps 1 & 2 and a mob starts unexpectedly attacking you, you should be able to survive a few hits, and possibly still get away.
Step 4: If you no matter what need to craft/gather in some extremely dangerous area, hire some players as a security escort?
Step 4a: Have a high-level class which can solo the problem mobs in the dangerous area. Switch to said high level class to clear-out your gathering area, before proceeding to gather.
Step 5: Hope S-E adds some basic combat/defense abilities specifically for crafters/gatherers.
Step 5a: Hope S-E allows you to equip some basic combat/defense abilities from other classes on crafters/gatherers.
Step 6: Don't worry about such things, which may be non-issue on release day.
Step 6a: If this is an issue on release day, people will likely complain vocally, and S-E will hopefully respond with a patch to improve the situation.
Edited, Jul 26th 2010 3:01am by Cyberbeing