I noticed a comment under the youtube video of Milosovici's 1992 perfect 10 floor routine stating something along the lines of 'How is this a perfect 10? She hops on the first pass!'. Which is true, she does. But it brings to mind all of the other 'imperfect' perfect 10's. Check out Nadia's iconic 1976 bars routine, she shuffles her feet forward on the landing. Kim Gwang Suk's 1991 bars- bent knees. Lots of other shuffles and small steps come to mind, not to mention form errors and deep landings on vaults. Yet they are given 10's.
Most of the time, the routine may not have been neccessarily perfect in every single element or landing but it WAS exceptional and of such a high calibre that it deserved it. It does get murky in and around 1989 when they were being handed out like competition numbers BUT it does hold true for a lot of 10's, especially ones which were not politically motivated. Nadia's first 10 on her optional bars is the perfect example- the shuffle did not matter because the calibre of the rest of the exercise was so exceptional and in that competition, so much better than those scoring right under the 10 that they had little choice. (I do think Ungureanu should have gotten one too though). There literally are perfect perfect 10's- Fan Di and Lu Li's bars are definitely springing to mind. Nevertheless, I do think it should be a legitimate score when someone has an exceptional routine and raises the bar, especially if it is of a much more noticeable higher standard than everyone else. I do NOT want them handed out like candy and I know it's not going to be as visually exciting given the difficulty score confusing it for casual fans, but nevertheless. Maroney's TF vault is the perfect example. Yup there was a leg seperation and tiny tiny leg form but are we ever going to see a vault like that again? Maybe not for several several quads (unless from her of course) but it was far and away the greatest Amanar ever performed. And yes I will include Rosu and Fei in that. One Australian judge who blogged a bit about the Olympics stated that the judges for Vault TF would have been too scared to give the 10 due to the harsh rules penalising score variation and of course, it being a score that's just not given anymore. However before EF those judges were told that if she replicated the vault exactly, not to be afraid to give the 10. Or 16.5 in this case. That shows you how aware they are that it did actually deserve it.
Bottom line, it is good for the sport. And it does not neccessarily have to be utterly flawless- just almost, and better than everyone else.