Meta on community's shynesses:
As phrased now:
Q: is this community answer shy?
I'd say no, the community is not answer shy. Far from it.
The actual numbers of open questions without any answers is given currently at
1,286 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
13,914 questions total 'active'
We often see answers popping up below questions that are unclear, and phrased misleading ways, and … have quite often numerous other problems.
That shows the need for comments below questions: request clarifications from questions, especially from those that are unclear, like imo this one on main.
What we see here, instead, and what is explicitly shown in this meta-question is:
My question received at least 2 comments which could have been answers.
Being prime evidence for: We do have a constantly growing comments-problem. Namely that comments below questions often are not used to improve the question, but to offload by definition policy violating half-answers. Such comments can be wrong, which they frequently are, and I think they might be here, without the system design's options for gauging their quality: up- and down-voting.
If those comments are 'answers', or 'meant as such', then they should be posted as 'answers', not 'as comments'! If they are half-answers, then by SE-policy they should be deleted.
The community culture here is that we have let a trend emerge and then let it kept growing that comments are no longer barn cats, but for far too many users their way of participating: writing half-answers into the comment box, so that there cannot be a perhaps downvoting involving quality control. Not that the voting either here on H:SE or on the rest of SE would be any form of reliable indicator. But on comments: this is an order of magnitude worse.