I noticed on another QA post here that someone mentioned that as a rule of thumb they keep comments short, and anything longer than short goes in an answer. A few times, I've asked for more information in comments, usually because I didn't know if I had an answer, or if I or anyone had enough information for a good answer.
I'm afraid that my comments are making things more cluttered while giving the impression of a sotto voce conversation, as opposed to an out-loud one which would be more encouraging or welcoming, if not necessarily more helpful. Not to mention that I'm sure there is some standard way to do this which I have not discovered yet.
Is is it worse to ask too many questions or use too many words in comments, or to start an answer that is asking questions instead of giving answers? There may be a better way to ask this question, so please answer the hypothetical better question if that seems to satisfy my intention for asking (bonus extra meta).