Getting It Right vs. Getting Something

A common model on the Web is for a site to return some result regardless of how wacky it might be.

Google Maps used to occasionally do this to me. I would specify a place in Canada, but maybe misspelled it badly. Google Maps would sometimes display a place in California. Not terribly useful.

They have gotten better. I have not had this happen lately and now sometimes see suggestions or, if Google Maps has none, “We could not find _____”. I find this much more useful. I am glad that they have switched to this approach.

Remember that just because you get an answer does not mean that it is right.