Yeah, I wouldn't re-think...
What makes sense from a visitor perspective, redirecting a poorly formed URL to the correct information or serving a 410 page?
What makes a better user experience, redirecting from a poorly formed URL to the correct information or serving a 410 page?
Which is the higher 'quality' website, the one that serves up a bunch of 410 pages when a visitor tries to follow a link to it or the one that takes the visitor to the correct information?
If people quit adjusting things that make sense to do from a visitor perspective 'because Google might ... [blah here]', it would probably actually make everyone's job easier, including theirs.