I suppose. Never underestimate the ignorance of any given user.
Anyone who has ever looked in a large directory-full of executables should recognize that EXE/COM icon; when one opens a directory full of apps (such as the win32 directory or whatever), for the first second or so all the applications are usually generic icons. Then Windows finds the right icons and applies them one by one down the list of files.
The script icon is appropriate; after all VBS is Windows’ knock-off of an inter-application scripting language — Apple had one of these years earlier, called AppleScript, and guess what its icon looks like? Little scrolls.
The problem is people not knowing generic classes of icons, I guess, or Windows not having a de facto standard set of them. On Macintosh, there are a whole slew of these generic icons that one should become familiar with ’ a sideways piece of paper with a hand holding a pencil across it is an app. One facing the opposite way is a desk accessory, sort of like a mini-app you would find in the Apple menu. A top-right dog-eared piece of paper is a document. A top-left dog-eared piece of paper is a system document, usually a sound file, font, etc. A piece of paper dog-eared in the lower-left is a piece of reusable stationery. A square box with a slider-bar down the bottom is a control panel. What looks like a chunk out of a puzzle is a system extension (think like a plug-in). Suitcases are library-like packages, containing system code, sets of fonts, and so on.
The nice thing about Macintosh is nearly all applications build upon this design: third-party apps nearly always use the top-right dog-eared docs (they just slap their logo on top of the icon), the stationery docs, and so on. Applications are the only anomaly here, and the general rule is that if an icon does not look like one of the above things, it would be an application. Although, some applications do use the generic-icon symbolism; an executable AppleScript (as opposed to a source file) is a scroll-paper with the pencil-and-hand upon it. Hypercard used to use a stack of documents as its document icon, and the app stood out as being a stack with the hand on it.
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