Well, I just finished bottling my first batch (Extract Kit: Cooper's Dark Ale). From what I gathered and from some of your advice, I kept the following schedule.
Primary: 3 weeks
Bottle Con: 3 weeks.
It's a dark ale, and I was pleased at how clear it was running through the cane. In a glass it is a good dark-reddish-brown color. I have to say, that I think like the idea of primary for 3 weeks and skipping the secondary, at least for the dark brews. So for the new guys like me, I'd say do the 3 weeks. It's hard to wait so long, but I think it turned out well. Thanks all.
---- Montani Semper Liberi
Bottled Con: Pumpkin Wheat Ale