I have to vote No, because it doesn’t solve the issue. While Gleam Towers is an issue because Gleam Prestige is so high and easy to farm, the issue isn’t actually ‘Gleam Prestige’, or ‘How Prestige is Calculated’.
No, the issue is the Prestige system being tied to other systems, namely Footfall reward, and Warden.
You mention right in your post that Prestige is just meant to be a useless number that goes up as a score, because it helps some people that need that to keep playing a sandbox game. However, as it’s implimented right this second? It’s not just for a show, it’s not something to be ignored. It keeps your status as Warden, and it denotes how much money you get from people visiting your build.
If Prestige really is just meant to be a visual guide to help players, then it needs to be removed from effecting any other system. Use it to compare on a leaderboard, but not have Warden status tied to that leaderboard, nor Footfall to the tiers, or anything else tied to it that we don’t know about.
So no, This suggestion gets a no, cause it doesn’t solve any issues. The players will just find another easy replacement, or with gleam still being so easy to find and mine, just spam even more of it in a bigger area. Either way, the problem is still there.
Not going to happen for another year I bet. They are still balancing the game, and if the Halloween Event was any indication, the Devs can’t, or won’t, put much effort into actual Content.
So I just gave up. I play Starpoint Gemini Warlords instead now. You should play it too. Or a better game, X3 Albion Prelude. Both games more fun than this right now.