Separate the 'Merge Consecutive Borders and Shading' option into two
Currently in InDesign CC2019, if you have paragraph styles with the same 'Paragraph Border' and 'Paragraph Shading' settings, these will merge with consecutive paragraphs if the appropriately-named 'Merge Consecutive Borders and Shading with same Settings' options is set.
But what if you want to have consecutive paragraphs with the same border, but different shading, or vice versa? No options allow this.
I suggest that the 'Merge Consecutive Borders and Shading with same Settings' option is split into two; 'Merge Consecutive Borders with same Settings' under 'Paragraph Border', and 'Merge Consecutive Shading with same Settings' under 'Paragraph Shading'.
Having the two options as one as it is currently presents users with an odd limitation that doesn't seem immediately logical.
I agree - forcing these into a single option greatly reduces its usefulness.