in reply to Sensible error handling

AFAIK, ";" is a perfectly valid separator for parameters and can be used instead of "&" (eg. http://myserver/page?msg=Hello+World;empty=;number=0). So it seems your parameter parsing code has a problem as well -- the invalid URLs aren't.

Apart from that, I second your statement -- it is often better to be a bit more liberal about validating your input than to throw unnecessary fatal errors at the user.