Mind you, I don't think any worse about any of you for using filters. A lot of the filters are there, I understand, to keep some people from seeing information *they* don't want to see (like the "relationship" filter I know at least 3 people I read have -- where they post all their mushy posts that the general populous is happy not seeing). And some people have friends-only journals so *all* of their posts are locked -- again, I understand the reasons and they make perfect sense. So please, no one take this as a slight on the practice of entering locked posts.
I just decided a while back that I would rather my journal not have any little lock icons attached to it, so I stoped using them. I can't fully remember why I thought this, but I do know that I like having all my entries (well, all the ones entered after a certian point) being open. Granted, most of my journal is fluff also as a result of not locking any entries, but looking back on the prior year I can tell that it's allways been that way. Having some entries locked didn't mean they were any less fluffy. :)