I am sure that you know the old saying -- "Close only counts in horseshoes." Very often, at a home inspection, that saying pops into my mind. "Popped" is probably not the right word -- it is forced into my mind by a visual enigma.
For example, I find it amazing when people seem to have the right idea. They know that the runoff water from the gutters should be diverted away from the house. So they go out and buy a number of splash blocks at a home store.
But then it gets into the weirdness. If you know that the basic idea is for the downspout to discharge into the splash block, then wouldn't you also realize that the downspout needs to actually reach INTO the splash block? All I can say is that close only counts in horseshoes.