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There seems to be a lack of continuity when it comes to these questions.

Here is one that got upvoted highly:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2102255/a-good-practice-project-for-php-programmer

And here is one on the brink of closure:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2103825/ideas-for-windows-mobile-app

(Note: neither of the questions are mine.)

Are these questions appropriate? If not, what would be an appropriate place for them?

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Generally no. They are too broad - there is no "correct" answer, and there are a million possible variations on this type of question.

Occasionally one will get through the harsh moderation and 'make it' but that doesn't mean that they belong here.

Try Project Euler for suggestions on programming projects.

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No, they're way over the 'subjective' line. Maybe requests for specific interface or implementation details, but not whole project ideas. Another good case for a

Too Broad a Question

close case.

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Actually, I like [closed - Too Localized] for this type of question. It is only of interest to that one user and not to anyone who follows. –  Robert Cartaino Jan 20 '10 at 18:54
    
@Robert: That isn't necessarily true, but I see what you're saying. –  Jon Seigel Jan 20 '10 at 18:58
    
@Robert, yep, that's a good choice also. –  Lance Roberts Jan 20 '10 at 19:04

Speaking from experience I was looking for a way to learn a bit of Python.

While searching stackoverflow I found a question of a similar vain, which directed me to pythonchallenge.com.

It was a real help and I am still enjoying solving the problems.

So sometimes these type of question can be a good thing.

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I could ask as well, are questions like "I cannot get this jQuery stuff working" (where the guy does not actually know why and how the thing should be working), are these questions valid and should these be upvoted? These are also too localized and, once answered, could be deleted as well.

I think, during the 3 weeks I've spent here, I've seen a thousand of this kind of questions ;-)

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In my opinion, questions like "I wrote this code and can't find the error!" are orders of magnitude better than "What code should I write?". You could argue that the former is the real reason SO was created. ;) –  gnostradamus Jan 20 '10 at 19:50
    
Agreed with that. Just... sometimes it seems there should be jqueryoverflow.com :-) –  naivists Jan 20 '10 at 19:56
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Doesn't jqueryoverflow.com just redirect to Sampson's site? –  squillman Jan 20 '10 at 19:58

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