Search for "what is a monad" in SO. The first page of search results does not include the question what is a monad? which has been favorited and upvoted over ten times.
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Try again and see if it is more to your liking.
Yes, but google finds it virtually at the top, so all is not lost ;-p
I do wonder if the site can't just use google for the search; ideally site-specific (custom search), but heck, vanilla would do.
It is pretty common knowledge right now that Google searching StackOverflow (and related sites) is much better than using the StackOverflow search.
You could also try http://www.askjonskeet.com, but I would still stick with Google.