In one-way hashing its common to prepend or append the salt to the secret and then hash it: (salt + secret) or (secret + salt). I was thinking of this metaphor as salt falling on a plate of food. It of course doesn't all fall either at the beginning or all at the end of the plate.
Is there any security benefit if instead I were to randomly distribute the salt within the secret like below?
Simple example where salt is distributed every other letter:
Salt = lk2jn35 Secret = hello Salted = lhke2ljlno35
I’m sure I could also come up with a “mask” variable that describes the distribution of the salt in the secret and the distribution of the salt itself could become random like this:
Salt = lk2jn35 Secret = hello SaltMask = 010011101011 Salted = hlelk2jlno35
The question though does this have any additional security benefit above and beyond the traditional prepend or append method?