Great question! I think that we first need to consider why people would choose Parse over another platform which most probably have an easier barrier of entry (i.e. Firebase). For example, would I have chosen Parse for my SaaS in 2019, rather than when I did make that decision 5 years ago when Parse was backed by Facebook. I’m sorry to say that I don’t think I would, I would be fearful of open source software without any large backing. I’m unsure if this fear is echoed elsewhere, or if it’s just my personal view. If it is echoed elsewhere then providing the reassurance that ‘Parse is still very much alive and a great option for you’. Moving forwards from that I can only think of having some really great tutorials (Wes Bos style) to give really clear direction on how people can setup their API etc.
As I type this, I’m thinking that those people who need a tutorial aren’t exactly those who are going to be diving into complex issues / PRs. However, if the base of the pyramid is wide then the community has enough critical mass to drive the project forwards and most importantly keep it alive.
On the other side of the fence there are a number of companies that have built their whole business on Parse (sashido, back4app etc etc). Surely they have invested interest in continuing to drive things forwards? Can we reach out to them to see if there are opportunities to reward / encourage / drive forwards?
With the industry going crazy over GraphQL, I’m unsure if there is a wave crest to be ridden with that, but i’m sure there is a significant amount of work to get a layer running with that!