Override render/calculation order
So, AE calculates all properties in a specific order when rendering: first masks, then effects, then transforms, track mattes, etc. I don't know all of the details by heart.
When you set up an animation, you sometimes run into instances where you want to have AE calculate the render differently - so it thinks about layer styles before motion blur, etc. There are workarounds, usually involving pre-comping.
What if you could apply an effect on a per-layer or per-comp basis to override this render order? Ideally you could drag the steps into whatever order would work for your scenario.