Consider the following question (invented by me by way of example):
Question: What is a word describing a person who is very, very clever?
Answer1: A genius
Clearly Answer1 is a noun and Answer2 is an adjective.
I have observed this confusion over and over again on various language websites yet users continue to ask this sort of question and other users go ahead and answer without asking for clarification.
It would be so easy to ask instead,
Q: What is an adjective describing a person who is very, very clever?
Q: What is a noun describing a person who is very, very clever?
Have others noticed this pattern?
Is there a way to rectify the problem? I can't think of one, apart from penalising people who answer without thought.