You need 20 prestige to be acknowledged as an active player, I think that amount is too low.
It is not only too low, it is derisory. It is also an invitation to cheat in a very big way. I am absolutely certain that it is in use in my city. I hesitate to explain in case it gives more people nefarious ideas. I would never do it myself, but there are many "players" in the game who take pleasure in underhand activity.