Posted: 09/05/2015 at 07:30
The use of a number instead of a letter (and a few other differences) is common when writing a 'Forum Name' - it enables a chosen Forum Name to be used by more than one person and yet differentiate between them.
For instance if, when you joined the forum, there had previously been another Mike Allen who was a member, the forum would not have let use use that name, but what you could have done is to call yourself M1ke Allen, or Mike A11en, or M1ke A11en, or you could have eschewed upper case letters and called yourself mike allen, or removed the space between the words and called yourself MikeAllen, or mikeallen, or Mikeallen, or added a hypen Mike-Allen, or an underscore Mike_Allen ... or any permutation and/or combination of the above.
As for ridiculing Samue1son? There has been no ridicule - he has posted a slightly humorous, tongue in cheek query, pointing out his own inexperience with gardening - his query has been addressed pleasantly and politely and with the same good humour. It's not occured to anyone but you that he may not be English (on what evidence you base your supposition I cannot fathom ), and what would that matter anway?
I do hope that Samue1son isn't too offended by what could be interpreted as a patronising and racist post and understands that your attitude isn't typical of the members here