2A - No links to copyrighted materials. It's on the internet for free. We know. If we cared enough, we'd find it ourselves. Don't try and be clever or coy about it, just don't do it.
2B - No asking for copyrighted materials to be posted or sent. This includes asking for invites to member-only file sharing sites. I don't want to see an invite-swapping thread here.
3. Watch the flamebaiting/Disguised Postcount +1. Don't just say "X Show is terrible" or "X Movie is the best ever!". Elaborate. The only thing more annoying than a post saying "X sucks" in the middle of a giant thread discussing it's merits is a giant thread of nothing but "Gee Willikers I love it!" with no other content.
4. Spoiler Your Plot Elements. Unless the title of the thread has the word Spoilers in it, I fully expect you to use the spoiler tags to hide plot elements. When in doubt, if it happens in the last half of the movie/show, spoiler it. Let's take Star Wars:The Empire Strikes Back for example. Talking about the funny green man who's actually a Jedi Master should really be in a spoiler. Mentioning that whiny-brat gets better at magical abilities is kinda a given, so it's okay to talk about that. The events on Cloud City should pretty much all be spoiled, especially the bits about you-know-who being whiny-brat's father, and Cool-Smugger getting all frozen for shipping.
On the outside chance you don't know how to spoil anything.. you type the word spoiler in between brackets  followed by the text you want hidden, followed by /spoiler in brackets 
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[spoiler]This is a spoiler of something important[/spoiler]
If you see something breaking this rule, report it and please tell me what's needing to be spoiled. Using the Star Wars example again - if a post said "...finding out that Darth Vader was really Anakin Skywalker and Luke's Father made me say WHOA! And Leia's his sister! What the hell!" - then in the comments field, add in something like "Post mentions Vader's children. All of that should be in spoilers". I say that because I'm not necessarily familiar with the particular program/movie being discussed, so it's completely possible that I'll have no idea that Vader's children are something that should be dropped like a ton of bricks on the viewer at an emotional climax, not casually ruined in a messageboard post.
*NEW* 6. Don't Break Moff's Law. This is Moff's Law. The shorter version is - Don't ever say "Why are you analyzing it so much? Just turn your brain off for a while, don't think about it, just enjoy it for the popcorn fluff that it is."
Don't say that because 1. fuck you, and 2. don't tell people how to enjoy things.
7. Don't Be A Dick. High Culture is a pretty relaxed, free place. I like it like that. A certain amount of banter is to be expected and I'm fine with that. Calling a particular person an idiot... I'd really rather you didn't, and should someone call you an idiot, I'd prefer that you not respond in kind, but generally speaking if it's just a post or two, I'm going to let it slide. We're all relaxed, happy friends here, and I want it to stay that way.
That said, I will not tolerate insulting entire groups of people. I won't tolerate continued insults and belittlement. I won't tolerate constant jackassery...which is fairly ill-defined, I know. I suppose that if a thread is going along fine, someone enters the thread and says something, and an argument breaks out... well, okay. Heated posts for a little bit are one thing. Two pages of arguing are something else. There's a line in there somewhere and like pornography, I can't define it but I know it when I see it.
I have been given the tools to deal with this in a more effective manner, and as I'd much rather spend my moderating time merging like posts and deleting spam rather than being a playground chaperone, I plan on using this tool when I deem it necessary.
This tool doesn't remove you from Gaming, or Food, or Comics. It removes you from High Culture. So, yes, if you're being a jackass in Books it doesn't matter how much you've contributed to Movies - you're gone. I'm tired of dealing with it.
This is your warning.