Often, text are applied to these images. This can also be a very good thing: gabenut, in particular, makes highly effective use of text in her icons. This is not what bothers me. What does bother me is icons like this:
Or, to be more specific, this portion of it:
The box of tiny, tiny, tiny text. No magnifying glass in the WORLD will allow me to read that text. It is eenie, it is bitsy, it is wee.
This just drives me up the wall. What is the fucking point of that? Why bother? Nobody can READ your text, typing it out's just a waste of your time, and nine times out of ten winds up detracting from the overall aesthetic.
I know it's not particularly rational, but...argh, do I ever hate those icons.