I love a good (respectful) debate so I'll join in. I'm gonna go out on a different limb than probably anyone here will and say my favorite lock might actually be the PLUNGE LOCK. Some of you might have no idea what that is if you don't or can't own any automatics, but it's the lock currently used on the Autonomy.
Self close bias? Well no not exactly. Actually, it's the literal opposite since it wants to stay open. But, once the blade is closed it locks into closed position and doesn't open unless you deliberately open it. You can throw this thing against the wall and it's unlikely to open, and if that's not enough you can lock it closed with the safety.
Gloved operation? Absolutely. The large button provides amazing tactile feedback even in the thickest of gloves. Opening and closing is second nature. It may not drop closed with gravity, but for those who prefer a safer/controlled closing action, this one's for you.
Don't like your fingers in the way of a closing blade? Well you'd have to deliberately put them there since you have to force the blade closed. It's practically impossible for this knife to accidentally close on your fingers. The closing operation is actually very similar in how you might close a back lock, if you're old school like me and close back locks against your thigh.
The biggest down side apart from the legal aspect of autos is that it isn't ambidextrous. However, I find it quite easy to operate with my left index finger in both opening and closing. I'd say it's far easier to operate left handed than a compression lock or liner lock. With all this in mind, I am VERY interested in seeing how the compression lock performs with a side button. It looks like it will function essentially the same but without the auto feature and without locking itself closed the way the Plunge Lock does.
How you carry yourself is just as important as what you carry.