I’m of the opinion that the note grouping in bars 3 and 4 of my attached example should be able to coexist, but not necessarily bars 2 & 3.
My reasoning is that in 3/4 it is easier (and perhaps more traditional) to read a syncopated phrase beamed for each beat (see bar 3), whereas in 4/4 it’s traditional to split the bar in half (see bar 4).
Right now I only know how to fudge this in Dorico by choosing the Note Grouping>Syncopation>Notation of short-dotted long patterns>split at beat boundaries, and then going into Engrave mode to accomplish what is now in my example bars 3 & 4. (BTW toggling between the two options has no effect on my 6/8 bar, which confuses me even as I agree with the notation, as the rhythm is clearly a syncopation in 6/8.)
Is there better way to achieve what I’m after?