As far as the mod_perl-list thread is concerned, the reader lays it out there... yes, it appears this individual may be having problems with DSO and mod_perl, but the alternative is to compile Apache without any DSO support? Come on!
This "mod_perl DSO == bad" approach that I am coming from is not so much the result of an evening of research, but more the result of over a year lurking on the mod_perl lists. You are not the first to challenge that most of the eviednce against DSOs is anecdotal -- again, see the list.
Also just my two cents. Personally, I have seen no reason not to compile it statically, and some personal experience with segfaults caused by mod_perl as a DSO. Hence, I will continue to err on the side of caution (and also speed :) and build mod_perl in statically.
perl -pe '"I lo*`+$^X$\"$]!$/"=~m%(.*)%s;$_=$1;y^`+*^e v^#$&V"+@( NO CARRIER'